Thursday, December 4, 2008

Rise and Shine --- Music not to my ears

Good Morning and welcome the the yo-yo world!

It's finally official: I have no idea what everybody is listening to these days.
Years ago, mainstream music started to become static to my ears. The songs all sounded the same and there was no new ground being broken.
Now, after seeing some of the Grammy's Live announcement last night, I'm starting to wonder about all the noise.
Here is the list of nominees:
Record of the Year: "Chasing Pavements," Adele; "Viva La Vida," Coldplay; "Bleeding Love," Leona Lewis; "Paper Planes," M.I.A; "Please Read The Letter," Robert Plant & Alison Krauss.
Album of the Year: "Raising Sand," Robert Plant & Alison Krauss"; "Viva La Vida," Coldplay; "Tha Carter III," Lil Wayne; "Year of the Gentleman," Ne-Yo; "In Rainbows," Radiohead.
Song of the Year: "American Boy," William Adams, Keith Harris, Josh Lopez, Caleb Speir, John Stephens, Estelle Swaray & Kanye West (Estelle Featuring Kanye West); "Chasing Pavements," Adele Adkins & Eg White (Adele); "I'm Yours," Jason Mraz; "Love Song," Sara Bareilles; "Viva La Vida," Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, & Chris Martin (Coldplay).
New Artist: Adele, Duffy, The Jonas Brothers, Lady Antebellum, Jazmine Sullivan.
OK, now, except for Robert Plant, I don't think I've really heard any of these 'singers.' Not being much of a fan of Led Zeppelin, you can take Robert Plant as well.
Adele? Coldplay? Leona Lewis? M.I.A? Are these all on the next episode of American Idol?
All of our music is now digitalized and re-mixed to the point that the singers don't even sing any more. Sure, there are a few, but there's no warbling of Jim Morrison or John Lennon. Heck, when was the last time anybody heard from Chris Robinson or Adam Duritz. Whatever happened to the Fugees?
Now, I'm sure that's what parents were saying in the 1950s when that 'Devil Music' started being played out of the radios. Maybe times do change. Maybe your ears and brain don't work together all the time. Maybe it's just a bad streak for the music biz.

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