Is Anyone Listening To "New" Music?
Have you heard? The new Night Ranger CD, Somewhere in California, was released a few weeks ago. It's probably their best studio album since Midnight Madness when Sister Christian peaked at #5 on the Billboard charts.
Has anyone given a listen to the new Whitesnake CD, Forevermore? How about the new Journey CD, Eclipse? Anyone else looking forward to the new Van Halen record? If only this were 1987, it sure would be a great time to be a music fan. For me anyway.
But alas, here we are in the middle of 2011, and although everything I've said about those bands above is true (they all have or will have new studio albums and tours this year), 75% of the fans they once had probably do not even know it.
To them, like others who are now fans of the synthesized robotic voiced artists, the bands they once loved a quarter century ago broke up years ago and their members are now active AARP recipients.
If you still want to get your old albums signed, you'll probably find them at a Sci-Fi convention signing autographs and taking pictures. The same artists, whom you couldn't get near when their music ruled the air, will now even have lunch with you (provided you're buying of course).
Actually, that's probably the way it should be. The bands who once dominated the charts are still releasing quality product but no one is listening anymore. Some of the songs on these new albums, chart toppers twenty-five years ago, won't even get airplay today.
I already know what you're thinking: Get over it. Times have changed and so has music. You may be right. I just might be turning into something I always said my Mom was when it came to music, an old fuddy-duddy. But I think Mom would agree with me: a lot of the songs that are popular on radio right now sound exactly the same. Sadly, today's pop/rock music is driven primarily by the same old beat and tired cliché' lyrics.Continued on the next page