By now, I’m sure you’ve seen someone share a meme having to do with Green Day and their song “Wake Me Up When September Ends”. The message behind that song is a sad one: it’s about the death of Billie Joe Armstrong’s dad on 09/01/82 from cancer, when Armstrong was merely 10 years old. Fortunately for me, my dad passed when I was much older—I was 34 at the time, and my dad died from heart trouble.
Do you know what the first music video MTV aired in its debut in 1981? What, wait a minute….MTV played music videos🤔?! Yes, they did! For several years before bastardizing the meaning of the acronym (“Music Television”) 🤯. The video was to the song “Video Killed the Radio Star”. Back before the invention of music videos, most singers and bands were rarely seen, except in concerts or the occasional appearance on television. So instead of depending on looks, they actually had to have talent: to have the voice and/or songwriting abilities. Yes, music was akin to poetry at one time. Fast forward to now, most new music out there is utter garbage. Many of these lame-ass excuses for singers can’t sing for shit. A lot of their crap is auto-tuned, and their voices are manipulated to sound decent.
Not all singers today are crap. Some of them can actually sing well. There are newer songs that are decent, but shit like anything by Post Malone, Justin Bieber and Meghan Trainor are exactly that: shit, which needs to be flushed along with the rest of the turds. Garbage plays on the radio that has no message, no poetry—just a beat that some bozo can dance to on TikTok, with a couple of obnoxiously repeated lyrics, just to make it sound like something is being sang.
Many acts from the 80s, and their respective music, are enjoying a revival among Millennials and Gen Z. It’s nice to hear real music on the radio, in the form of “classic rock” stations. Admittedly, though, even some of those songs are way overplayed. I’m getting awfully tired of hearing Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama”, Journey’s “Separate Ways” and Guns & Roses’ “Sweet Child O’ Mine”, among others. Each one of those bands have many, many great songs. You don’t get to hear stuff like “Paradise City” or “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”, “Faithfully” or “Send Her My Love” as much. I swear most stations, especially the “Top 10” ones, have a set list of a few songs that they play repeatedly. In Southern Utah, one particular station, 92.1 FM, seems to play the same 10 songs on loop all day. It’s like the DJs record an hour or two, and just repeat over and over and over again for the whole day. Sorry guys, I can only deal with so much🤏 of “today’s (s)hit music”.
Here is today’s motivational quote:
“If you don’t have the time to do something right, where are you going to find the time to fix it?”
– Stephen King