Posted 26 March 2013 - 05:39 AM
Anybody can sing, that's the point. Get a good enough engineer, enough decent studio musicians, songwriters, couple good make-up artists and, most importantly, somebody who can work the auto-tune like a mutha and you've got yourself a star. No matter if they have the chops to do anything... as long as they look good, that seems to be the primary deciding factor these days.
Unlike the Neil Youngs, the Dave Grohls, the Foo Gighters and a million other bands who learned how to play musical instruments (most "artists" today couldn't play checkers, let alone a guitar), honed their skills and went looking for a singer (usually some poor soul trying to make it thru open mic nites in some dive, without any electronics to alter the voice) and then grind it out on the local bar circuit looking for the opportunity; these kids somehow got the notion they should be considered as "artists."
The music industry is nearly dead, inundated with engineered musical talent who all sound alike, hire the same handfuls of hack songwriters, and don't have to do anything but look good on stage. It's pathetic, embarrassing, a slap in the face to the true musicians and artists who made the record industry in this country. Like everything else in the United States, it too has devolved into, "You mean I have to work to earn something?"
Anyone watch any of the "Behind the Music" series, or the recent "History of the Eagles" on Showtime? That's where true musical talent comes from. That's what songwriting is all about. That's how successful bands are created.That's how the music industry became big. Not some mother dragging her 14 year old daughter down to a talent show tryout because she sang in the 6th grade musical a couple years back and, "Lawd, she sounded like a angel..." Please....