FW: [Dixielandjazz] Popular Music is Changing

Mike Durham mikedurham_jazz at hotmail.com
Sat Nov 29 00:07:51 PST 2003

Sadly, the other recurring factor in most of today's "MTV music" is that the 
lyrics, when not actually offensive (as in some gangsta rap) tend to be 
rather basic and/or banal - but then it is marketed primarily at 12-15 year 
olds, or so I understand. Not a good idea, I guess, to try and sell 
sophisticated songs about love, life and loss to people who have scarcely 
attained emotional maturity. Of course, there are exceptions, quite a lot of 
rock and pop music is written by and for adults, and come to that we had a 
lot of pretty vapid "Moon/June/Spoon" stuff in the 20's and 30's. However, a 
general (and massive) loss of quality does seem to have occurred - makes me 
nostalgic for early Beatles (now there were some good melodies and quite 
acceptable lyrics!).

Yours with a sad shake of the head,

Mike D.

>From: "James Kashishian" <kash at ran.es>
>To: <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
>Subject: FW: [Dixielandjazz] Popular Music is Changing
>Date: Fri, 28 Nov 2003 22:55:49 +0100
>Nancy wrote:
>Thanks, Steve,
>I do hope popular music will swing back towards melody. To me, rap music
>its emphasis on rhythm is not so much art as it is a math lesson in
>And, I will comment......
>It's not just rap that is rhythm based, rather than melody based.  It
>is, in general, all the music that is "happening" now.  I prepare the
>music for a producer that puts on 400 modelling shows a year in my
>studio.  That is, I take the popular music he chooses (he's a dancer &
>choreographer), and cut the songs in little bits, overlapping/blending,
>etc., into one long piece of music for the shows he does.  It is
>all......save for the odd ballad......rhythm based.  That's the way
>things are going, and I see little sign of change.  It's not all bad, by
>the way.....but, there is very little melody involved.
>A few years ago, I assembled & mastered a series of 22 CD's of
>Contemporary music.  I craved for the odd few bars of melody, and
>occasional was treated to such (not often, though!).  Now, I crave for
>the odd bit of melody, and savour the little bit I get with the pop
>It's just the world we are living in now, and the odd melody, the odd
>smile, the odd bit of pleasantness must be enjoyed to its fullest.  No
>sense in sweating about the rest.
>Nancy wrote "Forgive me for having thought too deeply about this".......
>Well, Nancy, I just went a bit deeper!!    :>
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