I am a big fan of music. It was a way my dad and I bonded and it was not uncommon for us to create jingles and slogans for any random reason. My dad played the trumpet but was a big fan of jazz and R/B. He was always into the information behind the music, like the producers, songwriters and the different labels. When I was a child and would get an album, the first thing I would do was open the credits to see who was on the album.
One thing I loved about R/B, hip hop and Soul, was the quality of lyrics. Production was impressive, but not the emphasis of the artist. The songs would tell a story, or take you through the speakers into their world, full of emotion and raw feeling. The music itself had a life to it, because it was actual musicians playing and not a technical computer created sound. One thing I have noticed, not just in the R/B genre, is that the quality of lyrics has drastically decreased. The music has shifted to being about the production and ‘catchiness’ of its selling power. Dr. Luke, Max Martin, David Guetta – a lot of the popular music is based off the producers and DJs making music with whomever. Its hard to hear a song without there being some kind of computer generated accent to it. It allows non-musical factors, such as appearance or marketability, to take more precedence over the music itself. It is not specific to any genre, but the skilled singer is becoming extinct. Adele is a phenomenal singer, as is Andra Day- but they are two of a few. Singers like Christina Augilera and Mariah Carey are pressured to be more than singers to compete with other, less vocally talented. Who is next to be a ‘legend’?