Wednesday, February 5, 2014

where has it all gone?

I don't want to say that there is no good music out there any more and that there will never be another time that will come close to that magical time between 1966 to 1969.  I don't want to say that there will never be another time like that of the late 80's and early 90's where there was a cultural shirt as to what pop music meant, or what it was supposed to be.  It's impossible to say that there will never be another time that will challenge the status quo, and shake us out of complacency...  There is enough turmoil and political unrest to fuel a decades worth of relevant music, but that's the problem... it's not.  While there is music that's decent enough, there is nothing out there that is really embracing what's going on in our world.  There isn't the social conscience of the 60's and there is no angst of the 90's.  There is contempt, and apathy.  It's a reflection of the state of our society that there is virtually no protest music.  It's an indictment of the youth culture that almost all of the bands and musicians are so narcissistic and nihilistic that there's no room for meaning.  Not that all music should have a deeper meaning, there is always a place on the airwaves for bubblegum pop, but it seems that that's all there is these days.  Granted, I'm old and insignificant, and continually getting older and more irrelevant, not to mention I'm not out at the rock clubs and bars the way I used to be, but I can still feel the movement of the tide.  There are rumblings i suppose, but there isn't anything worthwhile.  Where are the Rolling Stones, The Kinks, and the Beatles of our time?  Where are the Mothers of Invention?  Where's the Neil Young and Pete Seeger?  There's no real movement in the music world.  It's stagnant.  There needs to be a major overhaul of what's acceptable.  I'm tired of hearing about breakups and getting drunk at the "club".  I'm tired of hearing about nonsense.  I recognize that there is an aspect of nihilism inherent in rock and roll music, but where is the substance?  Where's the message?  I want to be a part of the next movement in a real and beneficial way.  I don't know what that will mean, but there it is.  Let's turn this shit around!  Let's make the music relevant again.  There certainly is enough fodder!

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