Tuesday, March 29, 2005

I'd like to see a change.

I've commented on the state of modern music many times before, but I've noticed something that is really different now than in the music of the 60s and 70s. A lot of popular music of that time was country based. Not that there is not a lot of country music out today, but in the past many groups involved with the southern rock sound and light country were very popular. It's pretty rare to find a group you'd consider a rock group to experiment with country sounds that really enhance music and have good sounds. I understand that the country music of today is not very good, case and point any Toby Keith song, but mixing country and rock is an underused technique these days.
Think of bands like The Eagles, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers, the Doobie Brothers, and the Band. These were all great groups who combined country music with their rock n' roll sound. The mixture of these genres can produce a great sound. It can be extremly laid back and mellow, or uptempo and fast paced. The sound is pretty unique and adds an aspect of musical knowledge that many bands of today don't think to use. Incorporating country music really enhances a bands sound and shows great range. Country music these days has become too distinct from the popular rock music of the past. Honestly, if I were making music today I couldn't refer to the country acts of today to draw a sound, but musicians as students of music should be able to refer to classics and be able to put aspects into their music that enhance it. Acts today should look at the likes of the bands listed above and put out music that is truly original and great.
The lack of country music in pop/rock today is probably related to the lack of willingness of musical experimentation in pop music these days, but I'd like to see this music come back because its excellent and deserves to be listened to.


Blogger Kori said...

I would like to agree with everything you said in this entry. As soon as I began reading I started thinking of bands such as Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Doobie Brothers, and all of the great rock bands of the past. It is so rare to find people experimenting these days. The most experimentation takes place within electronica and the use of moogs in pop music. It is ridiculous how quickly musicians forget the past and the influences who have brought rock music to the level it is today. I honestly don't really like country music of today but with music from people like Willie Nelson, how can you dislike all country music? I think we forget that the good country music came from the past, from people like Willie Nelson who paved the way for the rock bands such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, and all the others you mentioned. It's good to know that not everyone has forgotten about the greats.

March 29, 2005 at 3:06 PM  
Blogger Kori said...

my post was done on 3/29/05

March 29, 2005 at 3:07 PM  

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