WHEN DID THE MUSIC DIE

November 24, 2019

Well I ‘ve had enough politics for awhile so lets talk about the death of music shall we. Now a lot of people fell that the music died on February 3, 1959 when the Big Booper, Ritchie Valens and Buddy Holly died in a plane crash. Well I don’t think so Rock and Roll was still in its infancy. It was in 1951 that Rhythm and Blues began to called Rock and Roll officially. The term had been around since the 40’s but Bill Haley’s Rock Round the clock from Blackboard Jungle took off and Allen Freed called the music Rock and Roll on his radio program in Cleveland Ohio and well the rest is history as they say. My opinion that is that the music started to die with the beginning of MTV. What you say! Are you crazy! No at least I don’t think so. Those of you that are my age (73) remember listening to groups singing on the corner or in the Subway or the Bathrooms at school. They did it with no instruments no sound or light equipment at all. We listened to the lyrics and they all held meaning for us. It wasn’t about the lite show or the dance music or the video like MJ’s Thriller it was like The Lion Sleeps Tonight or Run Around Sue. It was the sound a group of boys or girls could make harmonizing together. Now I know anybody younger than me is going to say I ‘m just an old man. But lets ask the question when was the last time you heard you favorite artist sit down and sing with ot a lite show or a sound engineer tuning their voice. I remember hearing Dion and The Four seasons on a high school stage without mikes. I remember going to Washington Square park in Greenwich Village New York and hearing people like Joan Baez, and Bod Dillon play for free on a Sunday afternoon. I can remember seeing the Rolling Stones at the Capital Theater in Passaic New Jersey for 15 bucks. There was no million dollar stage, no elaborate light show and we were close enough to see Mick and Kieth’s wrinkly faces. This up to Thriller and MTV no more home made videos now you had to spend thousands of dollars before MTV would even consider you. Then came the sexual innuendo and it wasn’t about the music anymore it was who had the better producer, sound engineer and who would wear the least amount of clothes and had the better tits. Woodstock played its own role in the death of the music when it showed that 500,000 people would travel to see Rock acts that they wouldn’t be able to get close too or really hear for that matter. After that you started paying hundreds of dollars for the same acts (only they were older) that you use to pay 15 bucks for. They started to turn concerts into big production numbers with dancing. Now if you’ve ever tried to run around and sing without huffing and puffing you will realize that the music is no longer live. Listen to the voices no one sounds like that. So yes I think the music is dead. This is Fats and Flounders friend Antonia saying CIAO from Medellin, Colombia.

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