Re: My rant on today's pop music
There was a rant from a music CEO in the NY times about the tragedy that Justin Beiber and Eminem were shunned at the Grammy's. I think M & M won for best rap solo. He is a good rapper and his single did receive 220,000,000 views on youtube. But the focus of that song, Not Afraid, was himself, well, over coming obstacles. But every sentence has "I" in it. Compare that to Witchita Lineman. In that song the hero is this working class guy, who is keeping the system together so every one has electricity, working long hours and missing his girl. it's not about how great the rapper is.
It was the fist time I ever owned albums by the best new artist, and best song nominees. But what galled me was that Esperanza Spalding is a real musician who has gone through the training and rigor of mastering her instrument, and this guy is of course complaining. From a monetary standpoint, I can't imagine there should be any reason why she won over Justin. But she's cuter than Justin or M & M anyway.
That is the problem, as Ian said, you have music that is largely being made by non musicians who are in it for the money, and they're making musical judgments, stating Justin Bieber is a better musician than Esperanza Spalding. The sound like idiots and their making music to make people idiots. But perhaps the Grammy's voters actually acknowledging that is a step in the right direction. Ray Lamontagne's God Willin' and the Creek Don't Rise" won Best Contemporary Folk Album and the song – “Beg Steal Or Borrow” was nominated for Song Of The Year. Now that was my favorite song of this year, and one of my favorite albums, so I really can't complain. But there is no reason that should have been up there except that it is a good song.
Ken Marino Drum Teacher "It's not worth keeping score. You win some. You lose some, you let it go"
Last edited by Deltadrummer; 04-04-2011 at 02:29 AM.