Thursday, April 01, 2004

Today, I come clean. I have proclaimed the death of good music quite a few times on this blog, when in reality exactly the opposite is true. If anything music has simply improved over the decades. Modern stars like Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake are simply leagues ahead of anybody else from the past. Music back than was too difficult and disjointed from the mainstream, with overly complicated lyrics (think Bob Dylan), dull melodies (think the Beatles), grating voices (think Aretha Franklin) and terrible personalities (think Elvis Presley). Music videos did not exist which worsened the problem according to some, but my own belief is that it was a blessing in disguise. After all, most singers back then were simply not good looking enough.

The worst part of the music from the old days was the sort of fake popularity that it generated, with an entire generation that desperately wanted to have idols, no matter how terribly they sang or how ugly they looked. This kind of devotion to mediocrity still rears its ugly head now and then, with FM producers announcing an Oldies special or worse yet entire radio stations devoted to so-called Classic music. This can only be attributed to regressive fans, who are afraid of change and can't accept genuine musical progress when they see it.

It can safely be said, that all music produced in the late Nineties or later is simply much better than anything produced before it. Our entire generation can testify that modern music legends like Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias have more stage presence in their toenails than no-talents like Jimmy Hendrix and Jim Morrison ever had in their lifetimes. And bands like Westlife and NSync make us look back at past bands like The Rolling Stones and Dire Straits and wonder in shame, what could our parents have ever seen in such terrible acts?

We can only take comfort in the fact, that finally, after years of listening to terrible music and pretending to like it, we have finally seen the light and accepted the timelessness of the music of the present. The future of modern music is bright indeed. There you have it, finally a coming to terms with reality. Another person really ignoring light, finds out on life. Viva Britney!

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