a reply to: muse7
Most people listen to the music of their piers. Most people listen to the music they listen to when they were teens.
The "music scene" is controlled by the music industry to sell the same stuff, over and over to the same people over and over. Once that market has
tapped out, it seeks out different sets of youth to catch in the same patterns of listen and buy. As people get older, oh so many are stuck with only
the music that they listened to in their teens.
You mention Collins and Houston. Both were what is known as POP STARS. Both were highly talented but not so much more than so many other who never
even got close to being that famous. POP STARS are POP STARS because they proved to be highly exploitable in the market of POP CULTURE. The market
loves sure bets and because of this they were promoted heavily to continue their popularity. As the money that young people have has limits, POP
Music sucks up much of it, draining the selling power of so many others.
As Myselfaswell suggests, embracing the diversity of music can free one from the chains of pop music. Again pop music seeks to keep us bound to the
limited scope of what will sell and make a lot of profit.
The truth is is that music has been recorded now for what, a hundred years? There are recordings of Dixieland music from the early part of the last
century. Vast amounts of it.
In the 30s and 40s music expanded. There was Swing, Bounce, Boogie Woogie, Big Band and Small Band and on and on. One could start listening now to the
music that was popular then and never stop.
The 50s had the break down of the Big Band era and smaller groups became the norm, with wild and experimental things going on that many people of the
time never even knew about. Bebop for one.
The 50s then brought us the early rock and roll which was hated by the older generations and loved by the teens. Then the teens of the 60's listened
to a whole new set of musicians ans musics. Then the teens of the 70s and the teens of the 80s etc.
This goes on and on through the decades. And all of it out of the USA. It wasn't until George Harrison of the Beatles added the Indian sitar to some
of the rock music they were doing that the people of the west even had heard the music of other countries. (slight exaggeration)
Opps, did I forget to mention Latin Jazz? I"m an idiot.
Spread out around the world and it is filled, literally FILLED with a huge variety of musical types and tempos, that most will never hear let alone
come to appreciate, and why? Because big money wants more big money and there is no BIG money in diversity.
And classical? OMG. From the Gregorian Chant of Hildagaard Von Bingham from what, the 13th century up through the greats and on into the later part
of the millinium. PHewww. Try listening, and I mean really listening to a little Mahler and he may just blow your circuits.
I am not trying to dictate tastes here rather just second the thought of Myselfaswell. Should you want a list, I say forget it. There is no list but
the list that the Big Money wants you to follow like a drooling dog, and don't forget your pocketbook.
Oh, did I forget to mention Simon and Garfunkel? I'm' such an idiot.
PS, spelling and times may vary.
EDIT. Miles Davis,,,,I'm such an idiot.
edit on 22-7-2014 by TerryMcGuire because: EDIT. Miles Davis,,,,I'm such an idiot.