I could honestly posted this entire article right here and have that be enough. It drives home so many things that people have been saying for so long. While I love a good flash-in-the-pan dance song, everyone is dying for some realism and truthfulness in their music, and the problem doesn’t lie in the artists themselves. It lies in our society and the labels that refuse to see anything beyond the big SELL. So, let me just point out a few of my favorite quotes from this article. Though, I urge you to read the whole thing, those of us that care need to be aware.
Granted, a “Rolling in the Deep” only comes along once in, apparently, every 25 years, but there’s something to be learned from sticking with a single and not rushing things. It’s called patience and development.
All highly anticipated albums that got one and were done: one week at No. 1 and then started to drop. All the emphasis is on opening week, there’s no building or sustaining a story.
And more importantly, the quotes they pulled from an interview with Dave Grohl, that speak to the very essence of what we’re all thinking.
A lot of people are promoting records that are just throw-it-against-the-wall-see-if-it-sticks meaningless bullshit. Everybody has the responsibility to do the right thing and promote artists that mean something.
Are we ever going to grow out of being money hungry? Is it only going to be once in a while that a cultivated and unique musical storyteller becomes a mainstream hit? And, if that’s not good enough, what the hell are we going to do to change things?