I'm sayin' there's hope for good music yet.
This morning on the Today Show, the pop artist of the day/week/month/summer/year was Ariana Grande, singing (maybe lip syncing) a couple of her mega-hits, including "Problem." There was no pretense of a band or any musicians or background singers. Just dancers making the typical moves of the day.
As for the lyrics to "Problem," they prove that when five people write a song, it can be as monotonous as the best. The music strongly supports the lyrics in its own monotony. Wonderful stuff with a wonderful message for the young women who have learned every syllable of the lyrics. How could they not learn them? The chorus is monotony and repetition on steroids.
This all goes to say once again -- "MARKETING DUDE!" If you get the right marketing people, you can sell any music -- and quality won't matter. Of course you've just got to get a producer/engineer who's up on the latest plugins and equipment, to give "the sound" and max VOLUME so even your ballads can compete with Death Metal.
With marketing, you can become an overnight sensation -- the best singer/songwriter/producer in the world! And if you sign with Universal Music Group, you can appear on the Today Show (NBC/Universal), hold your head high and lip sync, "play" along with your hand syncing band and danceyourazzoff to your studio recordings!
Make sure to instruct your marketing experts to stress that you are:
- an actor
- a singer
- a songwriter
- a musician
- a multi-instrumentalist (the instrument list is too expansive -- basically, give me the freaking thing and I'll make some kind of music with it!)
- a rapper
- a dancer
- a record producer
- a recording engineer
- a re-mixer
- a DJ
- a television music competition coach
- an author
- a poet
- a fashion designer
- a chef
- almost out of puberty
- an entrepreneur
- a volunteer to all worthy causes
- a human and animal rights activist
- a philanthropist
- a reformed drug addict who "doesn't often do them any more"
- prone to violence only on "very rare" occasions
Oh, and you must have the word "featuring" on all of your songs -- followed by the name of a rapper whose own marketing people have everyone convinced that he/she is the best rapper in the whole universe!
I could go on, but I won't. And I'm not bitter about any of this. It's just the way it is.
I'm just having fun and "keepin' it real" for this one post.