Tuesday, February 12, 2008

What Happened to the Music?

So, instead of finishing my English take home exam (it's always English that throws me on a tangent) I decide to organize my iTunes music folder. Yes, I am a nerd - I cannot help that, but I digress. and I start realizing that my collection is lacking some classic songs - no Earth Wind & Fire, one Tena Marie Song some Mint Condition but the rest was just ... bleh, for lack of a better description at 1:30 in the AM. So I start thinking and feeling like I need to vent. I open Microsoft Word and everything just starts flowing like lyrics over a tight beat and I end up with what you are about to read.

What happened to the music?
A Literary EP by Endia Z.

Track 1: The Intro-lude

Leela James said it best in her ode to the good ol’ days, simply titled Music. Don’t get me wrong, you may see me jamming in the club to some new dance records (probably because I’m a little inebriated) but if I’m ever driving in my car listening to the radio or searching the web for some great music or even watching videos on TV in hopes of finding something worth listening to – I just get frustrated. If I hear one more song dedicated to ass, cash or another damn crank dat song, I’m going to have to resort to desperate measures. I want to call a boycott – a nationwide prohibition of all garbage that is filling the heads of our people. Dear God how I wish I could just get the GOOD heads, people who know what real music is and appreciate it and is tired of just plain wackness in general, all together and march the streets of Brooklyn, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Atlanta, Long Beach Californ-I-A and just raise our fists in honor of what’s real. Blast our stereos in the fashion of Radio Raheem and just burn down every record company that is only in this business for the love of money and the love of what it should be, the root of everything – the music. But, let’s not get radical. Every generation has their flukes and fads of the moment. Do we not remember Rico Suave?

It would be easy to blame all this on 2 Live Crew and get it over with, but they’ve already won one 1st amendment case, let’s not go through that again. Now I’m not just talking some “Hip Hop is Dead” nonsense; it’s not dead – just going through a midlife crisis. And it’s not just hip hop, it’s soul music, it’s R&B, it’s blues and even gospel who are going through this musical menopause. There’s just so much to comment on about the state of music today. So groove with me and nod your heads as you experience this written EP.

That was what I dubbed the "Intro-lude". I know you've all seen that between your two favorite tracks on your favorite CD, right? Well that was track 1. Track 2 will be coming u soon.
Let me know what you feel, what you think I might be talking about in future tracks -whatever you want! Do you like this concept? Will you read further? Just pop into the comments section.
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20 comments:

Dabomaw said...

Haha, i liked it.

Isn't an interlude something that intervenes/happens in the middle of something(rhetorical question, it is)? Which means your Intro-lude is less of an Intro-lude and more of a play Interduction.

Anywhos.

Soul music is losing to generic music. Music doesn't come from the soul now, artists aren't trying to move people. They're not trying to touch the soul, move the heart, inspire, encourage, teach or share some love with their voice /and or lyrics.

Music is now restricted by album/single charts, which goes hands in hand with money making - right?

Everyone wants a #1 - and with a #1, comes money.

Don't be fooled though, Record Companies have always been out to make money. That's why they're a company - to make profit.

How are artists supposed to be encouraged to try something new, when the generic is being brought though? Same is safe. You know the old saying, 'If it ain't broke.. why fix it?' - that goes for music too.

I'm babbling.

We have a few potential saviours that are trying to bring some heart back to music though.

Alicia Keys is doing her thing nicely, mainstream but soulful - maybe that's why she's doing so big.

And then there's the smaller cats - Leela James, Raheem DeVaughn, Lina, Teedra Moses, Jill Scott, Chrisette Michelle and so on and so forth.

I'm interested to read who you think could 'save' music - artists that are out there already doing their thing and artists that have taken a step back from music for one reason or another.

Hmm.

Personally, i'm still waiting for Lauryn Hill to come back and move something in me I didn't know was there. Cos that's real music for you.

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