In the last blog, the article titled “Teenage Music Listening Habits: The Terrifying Truth” was posted. If you didn’t read the article, you can check it out here:
As promised, here is my analysis on that article, but keep in mind that depending on what side of the coin you’re on, this can be a good thing or a bad thing. Before we dig in, let me explain that I totally understand that this article is not representative of EVERY teenager living on planet Earth. However, since this article is published, there must be some sort of majority that feels this way, so let’s dig in:
A GOOD THING
This article is a good thing simply because if you’re trying to make a quick buck with the 18 and under crowd, then this article will tell you exactly how to do it and I would say to treat this article like GOLD! Ultimately, the formula whittles down to this:
1. Make ONE song that follows popular musical trends.
2. Post it on Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and Spotify.
3. Cash in.
4. Repeat steps 1 through 3 if you want more cash.
This formula is simple in its construct and doesn’t require that a person be a musical artist per se, but rather it requires a person to be an awesome engineer possibly with keyboarding experience OR, to a lesser degree, access to musicians. In the article, the first line under “So what do I do with this information” reads:
“Concentrate on one song at a time. Record, release, promote. Rinse and repeat.”
If this is your M.O. then, by all means, go for it. Make your money and go on about your day. You shalt not receiveth a cup of Haterade from me for I have bills too. LOL!
A BAD THING
This article can be a bad thing, but, to a greater degree, I think it’s more depressing than anything else. Why? Because a real musical artist is going to do what a real musical artist does… and that is usually not limited to ONE song. When I was 18, we had to buy the whole CD to get to the one song that we heard on the radio. The funny part about that is the one song on the radio probably wasn’t the best song on the entire project. Don’t get it wrong, there were DEFINITELY “dud projects”, but, for the most part, full CD projects were pretty good to the point where you could listen to the entire CD again and again.
But you had to LISTEN TO THE WHOLE CD to find that out.
So this article is a bad thing in the sense that:
1. …teenagers deprive themselves of finding out whether an artist is truly worth their time.
*The sum total of an artist is not the ONE popular song that they created. For example, Bobby McFerrin is a phenomenal singer/musician, but he is only KNOWN for “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”… a song that he himself considered nothing more than a trifle. Speaking of “Happy”, Pharrell is a musical genius as well so I certainly hope he doesn’t get pigeon-holed in the same fashion.
2. …teenagers limit themselves to music that sounds alike.
*Consider this: teenagers listen to ONE song at a time… with no true artist loyalty… and that ONE song probably sounds like every other ONE song downloaded into their MP3 device… which makes for a boring musical lexicon.
3. …teenagers miss out on using the entirety of your brain to regularly challenge their musical tastes.
*How can they KNOW if they like Jazz if they’ve never heard it?
As attention spans are shortened by an MTV-like blizzard of images and sounds, it’s causing music to try to keep up with the fleeting fancies of fledglings because that’s where the fast money is…
…and the music is suffering as a result.
WHAT DO YOU THINK?