This past week I’ve been rolling through my week and listening to music (pretty much every week for me) and a song came on and you could obviously tell that auto-tune was the main base for the entire song. 3 plus minutes of an automated voice messaging system being disguised as a song. Now, the music industry is ever changing and labels are always looking for the next best thing. But I wonder, who decided that turning everyone in robots was a good thing?
This got me to thinking about just how much music has changed over the past 30 years or so. I mean, we can obviously go back past that, but I’ve only been on earth about that long. I lived through the major boy band phase (and yes, I think I MIGHT have to hit up that New Kids, 98 Degrees, Boyz II Men concert). On the church side, I lived through the powerhouse choir stage. I remember growing up in church during that time when choir rehearsal was the main event of the week and it was a workout. You were tired when that was all over with.
I remember what quality music meant back then and I wonder sometimes how we got from there to auto-tune. How we got from a group of guys or girls like Dru Hill and SWV to people singing their own backing tracks for everything. Do we not even trust other people as musicians anymore? I can’t even begin to know why I’m asking all these questions today other than this is what was going through my head this morning as I sat down to type. Could it be that we don’t have as many true musical minds as we used to have? Could it be that there aren’t as many people who understand the theory behind music? Or is it simply just the changing of the times?
Sometimes I sit around and can’t believe the changes that have happened since I was little and started falling in love with music. But with this large of a sample size you can really look at how we got here. It’s an interesting musical study. I can only wonder where music will be 30 years from now. At 32 I already find myself saying things like, “What is this mess they are playing on the radio now?” and “You call this music? [Insert group here] used to make REAL music!”. I shudder at the thought of what I might sound like 20 or 30 years from now.
What are your thoughts on the changes in music over the years? And don’t act like you don’t have any, because musical preference is one of the most personal things we have today.