Watching just 20 minutes of Punk:Attitude has got me yearning for yesteryear.
Does anyone else ever feel completely dis-enchanted with the state of music nowadays?
I mean, its fucking everywhere! We live in a culture where just about everyone has got instant access to music. Its all over the TV, the radio, the internet, just at the touch of a button.
Through the latter invention we can listen to just about anything we want, and have it readily at our fingertips. There's writers who have no professional experience and an audience of 5 billion, who all have a comment to make. Everyone has something to say, an opinion. What makes you informed?
Ipods and personal listening devices are also taking over the world. We can listen to music anywhere we like. Its transportable to all reaches of the earth. Pop the headphones on and off you go. So much for the conversation.
Downloading illegally is commonplace. People don't even have to pay for music anymore. New album? I'll add it to my library to go with the other 4000 albums.
The whole thing is so prominent that gigs and festivals are mainstream, big money business. People who aren't passionate about music are going to festivals nowadays, and making up the majority of the punters. There's big pound/dollar signs basically being draped around the place as we get ripped off left, right, and centre for food, a beer, and some water.
Where are the days when music meant something? Could have a say? Could be powerful? Could change something? Where are the days when you could go to a small dingy venue and see something that would knock you off your feet, without having people chatting about mundaneities as you try and watch? Where are the revolutionaries?
When are ever gonna get anything exciting like this again?
Its gone too far. Music was heading towards this anyway, and the internet has just sealed the deal. I recognise the irony in me saying this in a post on an online forum, and it may sound obvious, but, music...
it aint what it used to be.