For many of us, music is a lifeline. It’s a form of expression that has the ability to evoke any emotion one may or may not be feeling at any given time. Music is magic! It has the power to change, to heal, to calm, to provoke, to ease. There’s just one problem. Music has met popular culture.
Unfortunately, the music industry isn’t always concerned with the value or quality of the music mass produced as much as it’s concerned with the quantity and money it brings in. And neither are we. We have the ability to demand the industry to promote artist who are able to translate our emotions through sounds and words, but what seems to be happening now is that we are instead, stuck on a scratch in the record, playing the same sound, the same lyrics, with the same played out passion. I don’t know about you, but when I listen to the radio, my emotional variety meter instantly flatlines…
This is not to say that the artists of today are no good, or that music is somehow dead. That would insinuate that my musical taste is the only valid kind, and that’s just not true. What or who we like it relative to our individual desires. However, what it does mean is that all the songs played on the radio are predictable and overplayed, and it’s even getting more difficult to tell who is who just by listening! But there is hope! I’ve been fortunate to stumble upon a few individuals that keep that variety meter I mentioned earlier, rockin’ the scale! Mix these songs in with the usual Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry and I promise, the world will not end but will actually be better!
Esperanza Spalding: Tell Him Cover
Goapele: First Love
*Melanie Fiona gets play time on mainstream radio, but I just like this particular song so much, I had to share!
Melanie Fiona: Gone and Never Coming Back
What other music genre or artists do you think deserve to get play time? Comment below!