Monday, August 30, 2010
Don't get me wrong, MJ's music is great, and I don't mind it at all, in fact I even own a couple of his cd's. He has however been dead for over a year now (June 25, 2009) and I think it's time to let go. I talk not of his music fans, who may treasure him forever, but rather the people that seem to want to keep milking his last years for all the cash they can get! They are still advertising "This is It" every 5 minutes on TV and they seem to conjur up "7 minutes of never before seen footage" every other day. May his legacy live on forever, but only through how he wanted it, his music. (I could be wrong :P)
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Undoubtedly, many of you know of the worldwide sensation of the teenager above, Justin Bieber. Can we take this, amongst other examples (Lady Gaga and the likes) to be actual musical talent? In the past, looking back 40 years or so, when there was no auto-tune or software enhancement, when the sound depended entirely on the musician's talent, we can say that he or she was talented beyond a reasonable doubt. In today's society however, anyone with a set amount of money can rent a studio, sing off key to a generic hip hop beat and simply bring their voice up to perfect pitch with technology. Ah, you may think then, but what of live performances? Surely the entire experience must be "real" then? Just last week, Scott Weiland of Velvet Revolver was performing in Cincinatti when, he slipped and fell into the crowd. Miraculously, he didnt even miss a beat, and kept singing throughout the ordeal. Miracle? I think not.