Great music needs to come back to us

By Staff Writer
October 23, 2003

Angelina Wagner

In the past few years, we’ve seen many great musicians pass away. Just recently the legendary music of Johnny Cash and Robert Palmer have been added to the list. Something has been going on in the world of music.

Nowadays, the RIAA, on their crusade to rid the Internet of downloadable music, isn’t making things better. I understand all the laws and issues surrounding this but that’s not the only problem. The music industry is in a pitfall and you can blame it all on the downloading of free music if you want. I don’t see it that way. What gets me is that some people just don’t see the other side of this picture. Downloading music isn’t stealing from the artists, it’s stealing from the record labels. Now do you see why the RIAA have their pants in a bunch? The music artists don’t see any of that money because you have the record labels that fork out the dough to producers, managers and others. Here’s a simple solution to this whole problem. Instead of picking on us poor college students, why don’t you legalize downloading music and charge a monthly fee. There. It’s done. It’s that simple.

I understand though that some people in our culture just want one song and not a whole album. I don’t blame these people. There hasn’t been one decent album that I want to listen to the whole thing repeatedly in awhile. I blame the record labels for this. It’s not about preserving what music is really about anymore. It’s more about showing off how many piercing and tattoos you have and whether or not the camera can zoom down your tonsils. If I want to listen to someone yell at me I’ll go ask my parents to do that. It’s a shame because there are so many good artists out there that won’t even see the light of a record signing.

Okay, so everyone says record sales have been cut because of all the downloading issues. Well, let’s look at it this way. Who wants to really spend $20 for an album that has maybe one or two good songs on it? I know I’m not the only one out there that thinks this.

There are so many bands out there that sound alike and look alike. They’re like regurgitated clones. Nobody wants to listen to the same thing over and over again under a different band name. I’m pretty eclectic with my music and I love all kinds. Music has been a big part of my life since I’ve been a child. There are so many things that are going on in the music industry right now that it’s hard to say what’s really causing all the problems. It’s in a drought. And it’s because nobody is picking up where the older rockers have left off. There’s great stuff out there that’s worth tuning your headphones into but it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack.

Passion and creativity go a long way behind the music. Artists need to revive this. Everything is about money. How much a label can make off a certain band, manufactured or not? Our sense of music is dying and someone needs to start doing something about it. If the music doesn’t have soul and heart behind it, then it’s not music. When you have a song that just makes you shiver and turns your insides out, then that’s music.

Posted to the web by Marisa Gallelli

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