Skip to comments.Once There Were Songs
Posted on 07/02/2013 1:21:51 PM PDT by nickcarraway
I was at the famous Whiskey a Go Go club in West Hollywood the other night. The occasion: the nomination ceremony and press event for the Los Angeles Music Awards Show, to be held later in the year. At the event I had the pleasure of sitting on a judging panel with actress Kat Kramer, Hollywood publicist Liz Rodriguez and editor of Music Connection magazine Eric Bettelli.
The event was a blast, and I got to hear some good music from acts spanning several different musical genres. But, with the exception of a couple of pieces by up and coming Lake County, California based rock group Cheating Daylight, what I didnt hear at the show was what I dont hear much in popular music at all nowadays: melodies that stand out and are memorable.
Seems like there used to be a time when melodies, the heart of any song, were what defined any song and songwriter as being durable and valuable over the long run. Today, the emphasis on melodies has been replaced by a focus on beats, and music as a whole has become much more simplistic as a result.
Who are the great singer/songwriters of today, those artists who, song after song, put out not just songs but melodies that stick with you, that dont fade as soon as the next song comes up in the shuffle or on the radio?
I put that question privately to Eric Bettelli and we did come up with a few: Bruno Mars, to be certain; also John Legend and Adele. I might add to that short list R&B artist Ne-Yo whos got a penchant for melody. No doubt, these are great artists. But five years from now you could probably add up all of their memorable songs and there wouldnt be
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Y’all gotta see this! Swamp Rock...max.
Like these songs:
Todays music sucks, it isn’t really music. Kind of a sub high tech Saharan African native sound....
Dave Matthews, Dave Barnes, Ben Rector, Jason Mraz, Jon Mayer (wincing slightly) - heck, even Michael Buble occasionally gets one right (Everything, Just Haven’t Met You Yet). Problem is, these folks don’t get played on top XX radio precisely because they DON’T do auto-tune and euro-beats.
The Dot diskery turned out some great rockers:
Now that’s a solid hummer!