What Happened to Our Music?

I am not a musician; but about a quarter century ago in the 1990s, I was in a restaurant with a musician who gave me a dire observation. He told me that a professor had mentioned to him that a vital, vibrant culture should produce a new form of music every ten to twenty years or so, roughly speaking.

I thought about what he said. It sort of made sense. Around 1900, America had ragtime. Tango came from South America around 1910. Jazz took over by the 1920s. Swing came in during the 1930s. Bebop came in during the late 40s, early fifties. Rock ‘n Roll took over the culture in the late 1950s and 1960s.

But then this musician – mind you again, this was the 90’s – asked me, “What new music has our culture invented since Rock?”

  • Bla Bla

    When your civilization starts to embrace third world shithole policies like marxism, political correctness, wealth redistribution, and so on, we shouldn’t at all be surprised when our culture, innovation, and living standards shrivel up and die off. This is not by accident of course, we all know it’s easier for those at the top to rule when everybody else has to live in pure misery – worked for the marxists, and works for the islamist. It will now be turned onto us.

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    “I am not a prude, but songs about the rape of slaves should not be an up thing.”
    Nor the celebration of missegregation either.

  • Slwsnowman40

    Rock became Pop/Top-40. And that’s become formulaic and repetitive. And the Rock morph became heavy metal and hairbands along the way. But the execs found a way to make money so it has since become crappy manufactured music that has become Pop/Top-40.

    The same thing has happened to rap/hip-hop, because it happened at the same time.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Rap/hip-hop is not actually music.

      • Slwsnowman40

        Tell that to the music industry.

  • JoKeR
    • laja kurc

      West murdered the song. Only in today’s totally debased culture can someone who can’t even carry a tune become a “singing” star. It’s very tragic that Freddie Mercury died so young, he was a bright star in an otherwise dark sky.

  • Gary

    It’s not just music. Twitter now caters to the low IQ people with short attention span and a pathetic life . The wireless Phone emails used to have a 300 characters limit to speed up the data transfer and lower the packet sizes and reduce the risks for loss.
    But now , Twitter has a 140 Character Limit where your whole existence or life’s experience is reduced to what you can express in 140 Keystrokes , which includes the space bar .

    Next will be PING, which will be about 10 expressions from icons for Grunts, yells, clap and any other things done by a chimp at the Zoo.
    Language will be wiped out in Trudeau’s Global Citizenship that will include self-diving cars and Government jobs to stare at a screen and push a coloured button when the matching Icon flashes.
    No more money because everything will be provided because we would need the Police costs or Courts when all objects are owned by the State and for everyone.

    • Watchman

      Another clear example is video and movies; even in my lifetime the shots have got noticeably shorter and shorter in both adverts and movies. https://www.wired.com/2014/09/cinema-is-evolving/

      I have seen many complaints from young people that older movies are long and boring.

  • Clausewitz
  • Norman_In_New_York

    What happened? The commercial music moguls chopped up the market into different targets to maximize their profits, so that instead of one pop chart reflecting the consensus of music consumers, there was hard rock, soft rock, country, soul, rap, Latino and “easy listening” (for the old farts).

    Disco did have memorable melodies and danceable beats. Since its passing, the only new ballroom dances have originated in Latin America. I suspect that what turned the writer against disco was not the homosexual elements, but the spectacle of “oppressed” blacks dressing up to have happy evenings in middle class dance halls.
    Rap, on the other hand is “authentic,” meaning that it conditions blacks to accept entrapment on the plantation.

    • ntt1

      rap makes want to go steal cars

      • Justin St.Denis

        Rap makes me think that an EMP attack actually has an up-side.

  • Jabberwokk
    • Clausewitz

      Making good music isn’t hard. But making bad music takes an entire corporation. Check out one of my Fav’s. He’ll be at the Norfolk County Fair come Thanksgiving weekend. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wP2Aih7jVk0

  • I blame autotune and the MAC.

    • Clausewitz

      If I could go back in time I wouldn’t kill Hitler, I’d kill the inventor of Autotunes.

  • Tooth&Claw

    Classical music has a complex structure and order you don’t find in modern music, in my opinion. Modern music takes one element and simply repeats it three or four times…even the guitar solo is dying as modern listeners are easily bored.

  • Lightstream

    Give me rock any day. The guitar solo in My Sharona by The Knack https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRLuIm2Bjgk and the one in Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin are two of the best I’ve ever heard by far.

  • Christopher Wilson

    Grime, Jungle, Drum and Bass, techno, acid house, house, happycore, deathmetal, speedmetal, Dancehall, ska, the number of genres the Western world produces continues apace…author is culturally ignorant. Babyboomer?

    • Justin St.Denis

      Timbre, melody, complexity, texture.

      Semi-literate millennial doesn’t get it.

      • Christopher Wilson

        Gen X actually, just not a tired babyboomer struggling with dementia and mortality. We are living in a few Golden ages currently…music being one of the foremost.

  • DMB
    • Jay Currie

      Actually I am a huge “Billions” fan and this xer is fabulous. Obviously female but brilliantly asexual. I fear xer’s gender blending probably goes as far as Y-fronts but I am looking forward to the next season to find out. (Xer wears a little more makeup than a wannabe dude but I am very accepting of that.)