Re: Pop Music in General
Modern pop? Pop has always been a varied beast. There's always been some fairly soulless stuff with an emphasis on marketing. There's also always been pop music created by people who love what they do.
I find that some of the least inspiring music around has been made by schooled musicians - sessioners hired to propel a pretty or handsome face into the spotlight or to produce musak. Most times, however, if you make the effort to learn to play or sing well enough to play to audiences, then the chances are you put some passion into your music. Some may not care for your type of passion, others will.
I couldn't give a damn whether drummers plays single stroke rolls, doubles or flammadiddlyruffs. Does the drumming groove? Does it complement the song? Does it have a vibe?