Can we just acknowledge the fact that Khalid has a new track at least once per week?
What would account for the songs being less good than they used to be?
The mentality of the people making the music. Producers now are ignoring all the musical principles of the previous generations. It’s a joke. That’s not the way it works: You’re supposed to use everything from the past. If you know where you come from, it’s easier to get where you’re going. You need to understand music to touch people and become the soundtrack to their lives.
You’ve likely already read this interview. It sure is causing a buzz and it is an entertaining read to say the least.
However, I’m quoting the above bit for a reason. It doesn’t matter if Quincy Jones is right that today’s music is all terrible. He likely is right, by the way, that most music today isn’t as innovative as the past because — well — so much has been done and most artists are chasing money as he points out.
But what I like about this interview, and what I take away, is how it is an indirect call to action by one of the greats. Any of today’s popular artists that read this may react by digging deeper, trying harder, studying more, and trying to bring something new to the table. Perhaps they’ve already made their millions and now they can set out to make something great — even if not a commercial success.
It’d be like if Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant said “these new basketball players don’t work hard enough”. It wouldn’t matter if they were right or not. But I’d bet the NBA’s team gyms would be full the next morning.
Let’s check back on this in a year or so and see if it had an impact. I’d bet it will.
This Monday — just like every Monday— over 100 million Spotify users found a fresh new playlist waiting for them. It’s a custom mixtape of 30 songs they’ve never listened to before but will probably love. It’s called Discover Weekly, and it’s pretty much magic.
I’ve mentioned Spotify’s playlists before. They are incredible. They are magic.
Side note: While I was enjoying the synergy of Apple Music we’ve decided to switch back to Spotify today. It is just way, way too good at surfacing music. Also, it is much much faster and syncs better across devices.
Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic – October 2017
This past weekend Eliza and I attended an orchestral presentation by the NEPA Philharmonic that featured musical scores composed by John Williams – my favorite score composer.
Forgive the audio quality, the fact that I forgot to record more than I did, and that at the end I yell “it’s all over” so fast that it is unintelligible. I was quite literally blown away by the presentation. I cried (both at Jurassic Park and during Leia’s theme), I laughed (at the conductor playing the role of Indiana Jones), and my spirits were soaring (during Hook!).
Not my best audio bit so far but definitely my favorite.
Mumford & Sons concert, Camden, New Jersey – May 2017
I linked to this post in #32 but, just in case you missed it, I’m linking to it properly because I believe it deserves it.
Cabel Sasser, on creating the intro song for Stagehand:
There was no way I was gonna be able to put a “live” version of the song together by myself. I’m basically musically illiterate, don’t know instrument ranges, can’t write music, don’t know any players, have no studio experience, etc.
Self deprecation aside I recommend you run run run over to Cabel’s blog and read the entire post and listen to every track as this audio bit goes from idea to reality. I love how Cabel shows off his work.
When I became a teenager this music fell by the wayside as my tastes followed those of most teenagers trying to be cool while not popular. Some of what I liked then has stood the test of time, but much of it has proven itself culturally and emotionally bankrupt. In recent months I have found myself returning to the classical music of my childhood when I need to think, meditate, and focus. I have been drawn back to Beethoven particularly.
I’ve always enjoyed the classics far more than anything pop. Classical, jazz, folk, rock.