Today's music scene is filled with nothing but images and sadly most of them are vulgar. Lady Gaga's video for her single 'Telephone' is the epitome of where the music industry is heading towards if it's not there already. Her songs are catchy, no doubt, and I'm not going to pretend I don't have them in my playlist but if anyone tries to listen to the words she sings you'll find that she doesn't have a message and definitely has nothing of substance to pass on to her audience. What's worse is that I keep hearing over and over again about what a genius she is.
Her outrageously distasteful image and persona is her message and they're screaming, "Dare to be vulgar! It's cool and it'll make you super famous like me! And who knows someone might mistake you for a genius while you're at it!"
Has the word 'genius' been devalued or is society becoming dumber for dubbing her as one?
During my study break at 2.30 am last night I stumbled upon one of India Arie's music videos on YouTube. It was so refreshing to hear some positivity in music! I remember how popular her songs were on MTV when I was around 15 or 16. It's sad to see musicians like India don't even stand a chance in today's music industry unless she does a mini striptease in one of her videos.
I find myself saying words my late father used to say to me. "What is this music you young people listen to? This isn't singing this is talking." In case you're wondering, he was referring to Eminem. I used to listen to real R&B music ya'll... Musiq Soulchild, Erykah Badu, Common, John Legend, pre-nervous breakdown Mariah Carey, KCi & Jojo and Boyz II Men, just to give you a rough idea. Music used to be soulful. Music used to be meaningful. Now music is just another form of advertising which promotes all the wrong values to its audience who are hanging on to its each and every word.
On a brighter note, we still have YouTube =) This song by India is a gem. It lifted my spirit and brought some nostalgic memories of days when I could watch a music video channel without my jaw-dropping.
P.S. Speaking of music with a message, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) has confirmed his tour to Australia and New Zealand! Check out his Facebook fan page for more information.
P.P.S. Thank you so much to everyone who commented on my last post and said a prayer for my sister. She is doing much better now, alhamdulillah. I spoke to her earlier today and she was saying how beautiful the view from her hospital room is. Apparently she can see the Kuala Lumpur skyline! The doctors didn't really explain what happened. I'll have to call again tomorrow to find out.