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Music in 2012: On Life Support?

In Pod Zeppelin 89 "Pod Soup" you'll hear the story of how I overheard my girlfriend's 5-year-old son, Sabas, singing the lyrics to "The Motto" by Drake, a song he heard on the radio. The specific phrase he was singing went like this: "Skeet Skeet Skeet: Water Gun." How romantic. I'm the last person who wants to sound like an old asshole, but what has music become? This is music? These are poetic lyrics meant to inspire? Or is it just mindless background noise and nothing more? What the fuck were they thinking? That's what I want to know. 

If you don't know The Motto, what young Sabas was singing... err... rapping is not even close to being the worst string of words put together for this (clears throat) song. How about this: "Almost drowned in her pussy so I swam to her butt." Now, I find this extremely amusing and you can hear that in PZ-89, but it's nothing I want any of the kids under my roof repeating. I don't want to turn this into a parenting conversation because we each parent differently and, really, your parenting is none of my business.

This is more of what I said 8 lines ago: What has music become? Mindless, uninspired, septic lyrics can be fun and a good time. Take "Hey Ya" by Outkast or "Mmm bop" by Hanson. Totally lyrically vapid, but catchy, fun songs that harm no one. How many of us were shaking it like a Polaroid picture? Damn near everybody. Is it so bad to want more depth in music? More meaning, more feeling, more emotion, etc. Rather than "I got high and fucked some bitches?" At least a band like AC/DC disguised the obvious with lines like "Let me cut your cake with my knife."

Another thing I see wrong with music today is that it seems, according to the iTunes Rock Singles Chart, very few people are buying new music. Click on the thumbnail to the left. Just look at the top selling rock singles today. If it isn't old, it's Nickelback. This is a problem. I agree, you want young people to appreciate the classics, but where are the new classics? And whatever they may be, who's buying them? Who is keeping rock music alive?

What do you think?

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