The real problem is there is no Bohemian Rhapsody for this generation of young people. There is no smash-hit song that blows people’s minds with its composition, its deep and thought-provoking lyrics, its ability to mix two polar-opposite genres in a seamless manner, and the ability to last throughout the ages. There was a generation of people who had artistic geniuses such as Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Nina Simone, and Elvis Presley. Another generation had Pink Floyd, Queen, The Eagles, Led Zepplin, Guns and Roses, and Black Sabbath. What will young people today say to their children about the music they listened to, that they were inspired by creative prodigies such Justin Beiber and Miley Cyrus?
Of course, not all music from the past were gemstones. The airwaves were still plagued by corny atrocities the likes of Girls Just Want to Have Fun and Love Shack. At least there were those who managed to break new ground. Today’s music is nothing but club music. Today’s generation has as much respect for the value of music as fast food restaurants have for servicing healthy products. Even Indie music designed as to dwell into the more complicated human emotions will be in some way stripped of their dignity. An example would be Gotye’s Somebody That I Used to Know, a song which profoundly depicts a man and a woman drowning in the misery of the remains of their failed relationship will get a club remix.
Above all, no modern day singer or rapper can accurately perform a sexy song. All songs today trying to perform the art of seduction have as much animal magnetism as either two kindergarteners holding hands, or a degenerate at a bar chatting up a girl beyond his league. It is either teenybopper songs like Baby by Justin Beiber, or degrading songs like Birthday Song by 2 Chainz. Birthday Song actually has the lyrics “she got a big booty so I call her Big Booty.”
One would think rappers would at least get the underdog story nailed. Rap originated from the seedy underground world of the Bronx in New York City. Most of the people living in the Bronx are poor African-American people. Historically African-Americans have always been at a disadvantage in America in terms of education, housing and job opportunities. For one growing up under those conditions and somehow make it as a superstar in the music industry is a wonder to behold. One would think it will be easy for them to write a song about their trials and tribulations. Sadly this is not the case. Rapper by the name of Drake released a single in 2013 called Started From the Bottom. The intention of the song is to portray Drake as the most unlikely person to become famous due to his background. Instead of well detailed lyrics, what the listener gets is “Started from the bottom now we’re here, Started from the bottom now my whole team f****** here. Started from the bottom now we’re here, Started from the bottom now the whole team here.” Several rap songs with the same theme have the same quality of writing.
This generation would not appreciate music like Imagine by John Lenon if it was released today, as food-for-thought songs do not fit the modern day requirements of fast paced tempo. Many artists nowadays who are enjoying their fame and fortune will soon discover the harsh reality of becoming irrelevant. This problem comes from not providing audiences with qualities considered irreplaceable. It happens all the time, one burns out another takes over, and nobody notices the transaction.
Opinion By Ignacio Gatti
The New Zealand Herald