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  •  Am watching the American Music Awards, (6+ / 0-)

    and yeah, I know, I now am in the "out of it" generation, just like my parents were. Most of this shit isn't worth watching. I can go the whole evening and not remember one number or one memorable song. The songs are formulaic, canned, and all blend into one another.

    And when the songs aren't memorable, the voices become everything. But they're not memorable either. Sorry about the rant. I know: I'm unhip and uncool. And over the hill.

    But I think the whole pop/rock/rap scene needs a new direction and new energy, just like the Beatles spun a decade of rock into another direction. Just one guy's take.  

    "The soil under the grass is dreaming of a young forest, and under the pavement the soil is dreaming of grass."--Wendell Berry

    by Wildthumb on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 09:53:49 PM PST

    •  Partially scratch the above. Jennifer Lopez's (0+ / 0-)

      tribute to Celia Cruz has (to me) energized the show with
      some Latino sabor! Viva salsa! Viva the Cuban motion!

      "The soil under the grass is dreaming of a young forest, and under the pavement the soil is dreaming of grass."--Wendell Berry

      by Wildthumb on Sun Nov 24, 2013 at 10:01:28 PM PST

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    •  I remember when MIDI was starting out and .. (4+ / 0-)
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      ..sequencing was all the rage. "Musicians" who could neither play an instrument or sing. I have synthesizers the Prophet 5; Roland D-50, and a Fender Rhodes, and loved them using a Leslie 147. It was the closest to a Hammond B3 sound I could get

      A Leslie 147 is the speaker cabinet with revolving upper horn and revolving lower bass speaker balsa wood multidirectional (spinning) lower half that was the sound system for the Hammond B3.

      But when sequencing became the entire sound without actual real time playing it was a sign that music was changing from those who could play to those who could package.

      Your words "formulaic" nails it. Figure out what "sound" sells with just the right amount of dance and reproduce it over and over. There is still some very good talent though even amongst rappers (non-singers) but with live playing taking a back seat to the mass produced stuff the really good players get buried sometimes, or make their living doing studio work.

    •  I watched it with my (2+ / 0-)
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      Twent-something daughters. They liked a good portion of the songs and performers. I think you and I are old.

      But one song that was kinda cool was the song Cups by Anna Kendrick. I don't think it was performed but it was up for some awards. It was written by A.P. carter and first performed by the Carter family in 1931. If you listen, it's got a really old-fashioned tune in there. And the percussion is a really good addition.  

      Be bold. Be courageous. Americans are counting on you. Gabby Giffords.

      by Leftleaner on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 12:32:15 AM PST

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    •  You're not the only one (2+ / 0-)
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      The kids today have been cursed with crappy music. :)

      I'd love to see a new band pop up that blows the current pop-rock, rap, country, contrived boy bands, etc., off the map.

      When I hear people talking about how 'edgy' Miley Cyrus is, it makes me want to puke. And I'm too old to be puking for no reason.

      "I'd rather be hated for who I am, than loved for who I am not." - Kurt Cobain

      by Jeff Y on Mon Nov 25, 2013 at 12:47:09 AM PST

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