Sunday, August 23, 2009

Broken Record

When is the last time you actually heard a song that you immediately thought was Grammy worthy or even deserving of Billboard Hot 100 placement? Those songs seem to be pretty rare these days.

The state of today's music industry is forcing listeners to accept trendy sing-a-longs that are repeated constantly on the radio. I'll admit that I'm caught up in the craze. Can you blame me? We (you included) have created a supply and demand type of relationship between artist and fan. But, there is a reciprocating effect.

How do we decide what's hot and what's not when record sales don't really suffice for the actual quality of a song? In hindsight, lyrical content. A song can be lyrically enticing with a beat that supports its message while still lacking the ability to sell.

What causes this? The answer is downloading. Illegal downloading that is. Within its realm lies an unforeseen method and a logical tendency. Why pay for something that's free? Not a rhetorical question at all, however when your favorite artist is not able to reap the benefits of hard work who's to blame?

You decide...

*Music is Life... Poetry is Love*

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Facebook vs. Myspace vs. Twitter

And so the debate begins...

You or someone you know has fallen victim to the cyber world: myspacing, facebooking or twittering your closest friends or in most cases, total strangers. However, each site has its perks and peeves.

Let's examine:

Year of Origin: 2004
Facebook: an authentic networking universe allowing users to poke and message friends in the midst of updating profiles, receiving friendly birthday reminders, adding thematic photos and posting back and forth wall-to-wall comments. Facebook users can switch networks to attract friends from around the world, add unique page applications, participate in randomly odd surveys, chat live and add meaningful notes in blog form. Objective: win the poking game.
Perk: The Poke Button
Peeve: Applications

Year of Origin: 2006
Myspace: formerly known as the most popular social networking site. Since debuting, Myspace has been trampled on by its rising competitors. However, its creators refuse to lose in the battle of the fittest. There have been recent changes in the appearance of the home page and message screen. Users are able to add a playlist of up to 10 songs to their page while decorating it with fancy backgrounds and other linked icons. Objective: find new songs to download.
Perk: Music Pages
Peeve: Young Users

Year of Origin: 2007

Twitter: a SMS text-based networking site that recently exploded onto the scene. Users are urged to type constant status updates, better known as tweets. Twitterers can decorate their profile background, upload pictures directly from their phone and direct reply to the statuses of their followers. Objective: gain as many followers as possible (follow me @littletera).

Perk: Twit Pic

Peeve: The @ sign

If you were forced to choose ONLY one site to network on which one would it be... Facebook, Myspace or Twitter? Tough choice, I know.

*Music is Life... Poetry is Love*

Monday, August 3, 2009

Oo La La

I saw Maxwell LIVE in concert this past weekend, amazing/deliciously awesome! He is the ultimate crowd pleaser--seductive splits, mic humping, sexual allusions and freestyling of dirty lyrics--a sight for mature (female) audiences only.

He performed a mixture of songs from each of his four albums including, "Lifetime", "Fortunate",
"Bad Habits", "Pretty Wings", "Cold", "This Woman's Work", "Til the Cops Come Knockin", "Sumthin Sumthin" and "Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)".

I've had his latest album BLACKsummers'night on repeat since the day it was released, definitely an album you can listen to all the way through without skipping any songs, a musical masterpiece... and worth the wait. Go cop it!

*Music is Life... Poetry is Love*