Sep 23 2008
Interesting article here – http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2008/sep/23/credit.crunch.and.music
Basically discussing how the current economic situation might affect songwriting and music style. Discusses the conditions that led to the surge of rock ‘n roll, punk, and other genres that have offered social commentary.
It’s interesting to me in the sense that I have complained for a long time now that much of mainstream music has lost most of its depth. That most of the talented songwriters with a message have opted for the independent route where their message doesn’t get diluted and exploited for marketing purposes. Will we ever have another Bob Dylan? Look what happened when the Dixie Chicks spoke out (side note – their documentary Shut Up And Sing is critical viewing, and I’m not into their tunes so much). Is the public even ready for meaning in their music again?
Music can be such a uniting, powerful force. Unfortunately so much of what has been commercially successful is really aimed at the other end of the spectrum – keep it simple and appeal to as many people as possible. We need more substance, and it needs to come from people with a platform. So I am hoping that the current state of affairs does encourage people to add more depth into their art at a more mainstream level. It really can change the world.