If there's one thing that pretty much everybody can agree on,
it's that everybody loves music, in at least one way or
another, and music, in some form has been around for almost,
if not, just as long as humans have existed.
Chances are, there hasn't been a day in your life, where you
haven't heard, thought about, or performed music, whether it
be from playing live to an audience, to just tapping your
foot on the ground to create a simple beat.
But music affects us more than you think. Each generation
seems to like different kinds of music, because as people
continue to evolve, music also evolves, with artists creating
songs based on what people are "feeling" at the time, whether
it be a song about love, anger, or just having a good time.
Everyone has a music taste, because at this point of time,
there are a ridiculous amount of categories, and for each
category, there are a LOT more sub-categories.
The thing is though, not everybody gets to hear all of this
music. The main output of music you probably have heard,
would have been from a television, whether it's from an
advertisement, or from watching an actual TV show that shows
the latest music, such as "Four Live" on channel Four.
In my opinion, the majority of popular music these days is
disgraceful, and is destroying the music community.
Musical talent is pretty much a thing of the past now, as all
you need to do to become a superstar, is look good, and
relate to your target audience.
Some stars these days, do not even write, or only partially
write their own songs! For example, the song which made
Justin Bieber famous; "Baby." Although sung by Bieber, the
lyrics were created by Justin Bieber, Ludacris, The-Dream,
Tricky Stewart and Christina Milian. These stars get people
to write their lyrics, and then get somebody else to create a
tune that works with the lyrics, or vice versa, but who gets
the credit for the song? The performer.
But the thing is, even though the performer gets the most
credit, the people who made the lyrics and the tune just made
an easy pay-check. These songs have a similar trend to them.
They all sound somewhat similar, and also have similar
lyrics. If not similar lyrics, then it is a similar theme to
The majority of the songs you hear on television, or on
mainstream radio stations, will either be about "love" or
about "having a good time", and are all repetitive, just
trying to get stuck in your head.
For example "OMG" by Usher: "You make me want to say Oh, oh,
oh, oh, oh, oh, You make me wanna say, oh, oh, oh, oh Oh My
gosh". This is a great move by the producers, as if you have
a song stuck in your head, all you want to do is listen to
it, and what's a good way to do that?
To buy the album that has the song on it. These "artists" are
making money from releasing a song they hardly had a part
creating, even though it could be easily created.
I'm not saying these artists aren't talented, I'm just
saying, they have got it easy compared to other artists/bands
trying to gain fame, for example; the band "Mastodon" who
create music with talent. They are famous, have many albums
and music videos, but still won't be able to get on
Artists like these actually deserve fame for their musical
talent, but probably will never get it, at least not in the
same way that people like Lady Gaga will get.
It seems that's not what the music industry wants any more.
It's all about the money, and if generic, almost talentless
music creates money, then who needs the other stuff?
The only artists with actual talent that get any attention
these days, are artists that have kept creating music, and
stayed popular, even after their trend has left the
mainstream media, such as Metallica, becoming famous in the
80's, but still creating music to this day.
But now, artists like these are few and ageing, meaning at
some point or another, these artists will have to call it
quits, and when that happens, who knows what music will be
- Padma Mullin Year 13, Logan Park High School