Monday, June 6, 2011

Whatever Happened to the Music?

I grew up during an age when music was melodic and when people were able to relate to the songs and were able to dance with one another. The musical artists during this time included such luminaries as Fats Domino, Elvis Presley, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Dion, Neil Diamond and Neil Sedaka to name just a few. That kind of music lasted up until the early 90's and then it all seemed to disappear from the airwaves and in nightclubs and stage productions.

From the 90's to the present, we have replaced melodic music (I'm not counting heavy metal “music” of the 70's and 80's) with gibberish, gyrations, street rants, and vulgar lyrics cloaked in the name of “rap” and “hip-hop” music.

During the past 20 years of this change of musical tastes, there hasn't been anything that could be classified as a musical standard. None of this garbage (music) is sung or hummed by people like the older standards that were and still are today.

An exception to this trend away from melodic music has been the genre of music called “country”. This type of music has now come to be looked upon in a totally different light than it was 40 or 50 years ago. Back then, country music, which was popular in the South and Southwestern states, was considered hokey, twangy, and was stereotypical of red-neck music. Over the past 20 years, country music has morphed into a type of music that combines the old country, homey, nasal style with the popular music of yesteryear to create a blend of music that is melodic and also tells a poetic story in understandable English. Some of the biggest musical stars today (including the recent two finalists in the show “American Idol”) are based in what is referred to as Country/Popular music.

Some people have said that this decline in “music” today is another example of the “Dumbing down of America”. Crude, course, vulgar, unintelligible lyrics is not what I consider being considered music – but it has, and it's not a pretty sight to the eyes or ears of a discerning person. What is needed is another revival of music that can be sung, hummed, and danced to by everyone, not just a group of tattooed, unkempt, skin pierced freaks contributing to the decline of civilization.

I know I will be considered an “old fogy” and out-of-touch for making such pronouncements, but someone has got to say it instead of just thinking about it. Good taste and common sense should be universal and not just the purview of older people who are stuck on nostalgia and yesteryear.

Again I ask, “Whatever Happened to the Music”?

Conservative commentary by Chuck Lehmann

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Pat Van Roy said...

Can you imagine someone, who earns millions of dollars as a so-called "artist" who has difficulty putting two sensible words together in a sentence unless the word is mother------? That's what the situation is today and god forbid you criticize that fact, you will be called intolerant, insensitive and the granddaddyof all insults, a racist. Let's not beat around the bush, tell what this assault on our senses is, "musical garbage". Let them call me anything, but that's what it is. Political correctness be damned.

Anonymous said...

You have to go back alittle further for the real good stuff from the late 30's to the middle 50's.
Ella Fitgerald, Frank Sinatra. Nat King Cole, Helen O'connel. Sara Vaugh, Tony Martin, Vic Damone,Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Helen Forrest,Dinah Shore, Andy Russell.Andrew Sisters,
Ames Bros. Mills Bros. Dean Martin, Ray Eberly