So, we have yet another fallen hero. It’s been a bad year for music so far. I wasn’t a huge Prince fan, or a Bowie fan for that matter. But to me these seem like household names, names that you kind of always expected to be around, and that’s what upset more than anything. Their music will ultimately benefit from martyrdom, it always does, for those that are worth remembering anyway, i wonder if anyone will actually notice when Jedward finally pass on, if they haven’t already..we live in hope.
In all fairness, upon hearing of Princes death, i listened to a lot of Prince that day and came to the conclusion that i came to the last time i listened to a Prince record, i think he’s a fantastic musician who has been relevant for over 30 years and i respect the body of work he has created, but he’s not for me.
It’s easy to look back and think that the best years of music are behind us, that whole rose tinted spectacle effect, it’s really not, new and inspiring music is just harder to find as the market is now saturated. Music has become very, very accessible, and as always, the pop industry has the monopoly on it, they’re making a huge mess of terrible and generic distractions for children to listen to, after all that’s where the money is, unfortunately and we’re being subjected to that. But if you scratch below the surface, there’s always something there, it’s just a little harder to find.
Unfortunately, while the ‘exposure’ is there for the musicians of today, albeit in a drowning pool of other musicians all doing the same thing, the money really isn’t. There are so many ways to access music without having to pay all that much for it that record companies no longer truly invest, they don’t have to. In many instances a band or artist has a completely self funded album and tour under their belt before a record company just backs them and rides the perpetual coat tails. A record deal used to be the golden ticket, now it’s a kind of friendly handshake, with sinister undertones, i have friends with record deals, they serve coffee and shop at tescos….living the dream.