where is the music

Where Has The Music Gone?

I think the music died….or is it me?

where is the music

seriously, where has it gone..

Ok, I feel like some old woman writing this but I have to get this off my chest once and for all. I really hope I am not the only one who feels this way. What the heck is going on with music these days? Is the stuff we are hearing even considered music? A lot of it is produced in a studio and everything else is added later…like the lyrics…and the music… I don’t even know where to begin, I turn on the radio and can’t find one single station I like so I wind up listening to the news station and hate that even more.

I don’t like any of the new stuff coming out. I did think I liked some of the new groups that I heard and even went to see a few of them and then they came out with some new stuff and I hated it. Half of the new music I can’t even listen to. It’s just annoying. Really it is…I don’t even know how to even classify what they are. Because, Rock isn’t rock. Pop isn’t pop and even Country isn’t country anymore…what is it? Because it sure isn’t County music. For example…Nelly made a country song and is on tour with Florida Georgia Line…What?

We have gone to a bunch of concerts lately and they are all from years gone by. But each time I go to one I seem to find “my Music”…We recently saw Foreigner, Cheap Trick and Queen…all from the 70’s. The concerts were awesome and so were the musicians. They were enjoying what they were doing and still getting it done after all these years. Queen was the very first concert I ever went to back in the early 70’s and they sounded just as awesome now as they did then. Back then Freddie Mercury performed and he was flamboyant and his vocals second to none. The group has had Adam Lambert filling in for Freddy and he is doing a great job. He is equally flamboyant with his constant costume changes and vocals that match or at least come very close to Freddies. I was dancing in my seat!

“Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul.” ~ Plato

When the music awards shows are on tv I barely know any of the groups up for the awards. When I watch morning shows like Good Morning America I don’t know who most of the bands are that they have play on their concerts in the park days. The ones they do have playing have to be bleeped the whole way through the song so why even bother to have them on. And don’t even get me started on the whole lip sync thing. So many pf the performers these days do it. I remember back in the day when we found out Milli Vanilli lip synced and lost their Grammy award. Oh the horror…

After going to these concerts and loving the music….all of the sudden I had a thought, wait a minute I love this stuff. I still like music. In fact I LOVE music. I decided I like my old music, music from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Oh Dear Lord…I feel like I’m turning into my parents…is this how they felt when they heard our music? But how could they? Our music was music. The Beatles, The Temptations, The Four Tops. You can’t say these bands were not great music.

Having come to this recent “light bulb going off” moment… I decided I will just have to listen to my old CD’s and an oldies station. I have tapes with so many great bands on them, but alas we don’t listen to tapes anymore. And no matter how hard I try, I can’t even find an oldies station on the radio. They used to have them, lots of them…I guess it’s all about pay radio now. I think I’ll just have to get some more CD’s of all my favorite old bands because I really do love music and want to listen to it. I just need to find it.

What do you think? Do you like today’s music or long for the music of yesterday?

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”~ F. Nietzsche


25 thoughts on “Where Has The Music Gone?

  1. I really only listen to countrt. I like new atuff and ‘old ‘ stuff from the 80’s. It’s really all I listen to, much to my husband’s dismay. Many have tries to turn me to the rock side. No one has success. It messes with chi or my aura or maybe my nerves.. And old or classic rock….nope not for me. Give me some Garth, Alan Jackson, Blake Shelton or Tim McGraw and let me be!

  2. Over the years, do I sound old, I guess I am, I have loved what’s current on the radio, The Bee Gees, Hall and Oates, even some of the groups in the late 90s that my millennial son loves. But
    not now. The music business has changed so much and though there are pop singers that say my daughter (who is in her 30s) likes, I listen to books on tape in the car now and not the
    radio. I also play CDs like Dianna Krall and Bill Evans, music that is calming. I have my old favorites on my IPod and when I walk, I love to listen.

  3. My Mom and Dad both hated the music of our generation. Maybe, when you get to a certain age, modern music just doesn’t appeal to “older people” anymore? I hear modern hard rock and, for so many of the groups, it sounds like hoarse screaming and not singing (didn’t my parents say “our” music sounded like screaming)? But I also think a lot of pop music seems to be more about the singers’ dancing skills than their singing, although there are some genuinely good voices out there (for example, Lady Gaga). Much of my listening, by the way, is concentrated on 1980’s music and I was already in my 30’s when those songs came out. And, like one of your other commenters, I love Rosemary Clooney – who was also one of my mother’s favorites.

    1. I agree Alana, I think we become our parents in so many ways…I remember Mom saying why are those boys screaming when she first herd the Beatles. And you are right, its the dancing and outfits that are important not the music now… I loved 80’s music btw!

  4. So many things came to mind while reading this. First, my mom used to think our music was terrible, the Beatles, Motown, whatever. If it wasn’t Frank Sinatra or Tony Bennett or Rosemary Clooney, it wasn’t music. I’ve come to adore Sinatra, Bennett and Clooney as well as the music of the 60’s ad 70’s which was my time. And I admit that that’s pretty much what I listen to on Sirius Radio all the time. But my kids have convinced me there is good music out there and so with their guidance I’ve come to enjoy Bruno Mars, Taylor Swifr, Justin Timberlake, Pentatonix , Pharrell. So you just have to find what gets your groove on and go with it…ain’t nothing wrong with it being the oldies but goodies. AS long as you can find a CD player in your future!

    1. So true Cathy! I love me some oldies…there are a few new ones I like, I will try to listen to some others, if I can stand to…LOL..

  5. I’m completely on the ‘past bands’ wagon. I listen to classic country or classic rock and roll. The sixties through the seventies and even some of the eighties. It still feeds my soul! Do you get Accuradio where you are? That is my free go-to!

    1. Awesome Diane! The 60’s were the best! And I don’t know what Accuradio is, but will look into it…thank you!

  6. I like some popular music but some songs sound like the singer is yelling or they are talking or reaching for that note is just too much! I stopped going to my exercise class which kept me very up on music, so now I am not in the know at all!

    1. YES, exactly Haralee..I feel like the are yelling and screaming and it just hurts to listen to it. Glad I am not alone!

  7. I understand your feelings. Music is a mood amplifier. Sometimes I feel the need to be energized and other times to relax. I am having a problem connecting with the modern day artists, too.

  8. I listen to music written and published in 2017. I have two teens, I teach college, and I attend Zumba classes. I will say that I listen to an array of musical styles: alternative country, pop, Celtic, devotional, euro pop, electro, and world music and everything in between. (I also listen to old stuff like Broadway musicals from the 40s, gospel music from the 60s, Motown, disco, etc.) I have music on my phone from recording artists in Ireland, Portugal, Italy, Romania, Russia, and India as well as music by Miranda Lambert, Meghan Trainer, Pentatonix, Jericho Road, Rufus Wainwright, Imogen Heap, etc. I broadened my musical tastes in part by listening to a lot of different stations on Pandora. Exploring is FUN! I also ask my music guru friends for recommendations. (They ask me about books.) There’s a lot of great music in many genres from many countries throughout the world.

    1. Wow Karen, you sure do have a variety…I need to start looking elsewhere to find some I like…but have to say my old music is still rocking…

  9. I’ve been finding the same thing Renee – I have Spotify going at work all day and it’s set to 70’s favourites – there were so many cool songs from that era. I might be a bit biased but I am yet to hear anything from the last 20 or so years that compares to the 70’s and 80’s 🙂

    1. Oh, thank you Leanne! I am so glad you agree with me…I was starting to feel like an old grouchy woman! Rock on!

  10. It is different, there is no doubt, but I do like some current music. My 19 year old is in to rap so I have had to listen to WAY more than I ever would have…and I do like some of it. Some of it is pure poetry. My husband has been a music buff his entire life, so he finds independent artists that are amazing. I will always love the music of my youth the most, but I don’t think we’re done making new music. Not yet. 🙂

  11. I know exactly what you’re saying, Renee. I used to watch/listen to MTV, but now it’s all but xrated…the backup dancers with not much covering their bodies…also the singers who show most of their bodies…do they think their voices aren’t enough to entertain?? I end up listening to my ipod with a lot of my favorites. MTV still does concerts and SOME of them are actually good. There are 2 country stations on Comcast. One is more current, so it’s actually PopCountry (146) and the other has a lot of older country (145). Andy and I both LOVE music…always have, always will.

    1. Thanks Peg, I will have try and find these stations…I love “my music” too…now that I have found it again…

  12. Interesting post. Some of my friends have remarked that rock music died in 1975 and what we have today is fusion music. Music that is a combination of many things. Therefore, rock and r&b, country and pop, bluegrass and country, and of course that melting pot of music that cannot be identified simply as alt. My favorites are the groups of the 60’s and early70’s but I must confess that I am still awed by the great masters of classical music such as Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms, and the like. You may not be gyrating in your seat but you come away simply blown away by the symmetry of the notes. In the end, music is like beauty. It is in the eyes and ears of the beholder.

    1. Thank you Andy and you are right, it is in the eyes and ears of the beholder…so I am scared of some of the beholders of todays “music”..

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