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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Todays Music Business Model


Once and awhile i turn on the TV. Strange how i don't watch TV that often anymore. We'll there is the infamous American Idol. Narrator interviews a couple of people before going in and a pretty girl, tall with a cute smile goes in and answers basic questions in front of the panel. Then she starts to sing and this amazingly powerful voice comes out. You sit back and think, “hey, this is a good one”, but then Paula Abdul says she needs voice lessons and that she has potential. We'll isn't this just craptastic. I shake my head and then turn it off. Paula Abdul? Voice lessons? If anyone needs lessons its her. She couldn't sing well even at the top of her game. I can only imagine what the panel would say if Paula showed up with her bag and sheet music now. They would've had her packing. I've been to music college and have been playing music since I was 14 yrs old. All the bands I've chosen to play are at least 20 years old. The music of today stinks and that show is a reasonable explanation on what's happening to today's music. We have a ton of sound-alikes that can't write a single song to save their soul. Back in the 70's and 80's we had, Yes, Rush, Genesis, Steely Dan, Pink Floyd, The Police, The Kinks, Tom Petty and the Heart breakers....and the list goes on. Paula wouldn't have a clue to write the songs these genius's wrote. The sad part is there are tons of genius's like this playing around Boston and NY right now. They will never get signed, because they don't sound like the Backstreet Boys, Justin Timberland or Britany Spears. All this has just about made me hang up my bass and song writing for good. I simply don't fit in 2006. I want to write good music, not that crap on the radio. What does Simon know about talent? Ever hear him sing or write a song? What has he produced in the past 10 years? The rehash material thats been playing for a decade? People love this show, because it gives the audience the chance to throw a few tomatoes. In truth, if the audience had their vote it would've been the guy or girl the panel sent packing. It's clear they have no clue what talent is. Sure, id love to hear another song from Carrie Underwood...sounds like everyone else. I can't tell the difference anymore. I cringe to think if maybe Bob Dylan was booed off of American Idol or say Mick Jagger. They are not as technically proficient as say Steve Perry, but what would their songs be without their voice? Think America was devastated when Paula disappeared after the 80's dance jive was over? You can tell if a song is good when you hear it in the supermarket 10 years from now. Think “Forever Your Girl” is playing at your local Dentist office? If people were smart they wouldn't bother showing up at the show to get humiliated by a bunch of has-beens. Wanna get a record label on your own terms? Get a good band, good writers, good manger and play clubs until you drop dead. Make a ton of demo records and sell them like crazy. The record labels will notice, because you'll be making money. The only difference is, you'll be making money for yourself, not being some executive guinea pig for a weeks show agenda.

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