Re: My rant on today's pop music
I hate to again bring up Zappa's youtube video interview posted earlier in this thread, but much of what he said is so true. Today, the music industry is run by so called experts that grab a pretty face and build the (very simplistic, automated) music behind them. They think they are building a Mona Lisa, but it is really a Frankenstein in disguise. The old pop artists that were not one hit wonders were from the old school producers that just said hell, we don't know if it will work, but let's throw it out there and see.
I see this as the whole problem with the music business - it is completely opposite the rest of the arts. Imagine if we had a bunch of self proclaimed art experts deciding what we wanted to look at? Where would all the Picassos and Van Goghs be right now? Imagine if Van Gogh turned in Starry Night to an art wholesaler who in turn began to cut up the canvas to fit it into a smaller slot so that he could display more paintings, and repaint segments that he thought would not please the masses. This is where we are in the music business today. Music has lost it's value as an art, that is why it is dying.