On my mind: the state of the music business

“Early in my career, I wrote and recorded a song called “I Need A Lover” that was only played on just one radio station in Washington, DC the first week it came out. Through much work from local radio reps at the record company, the song ended up on thousands of radio stations. Sing the chorus of “I Need A Lover.” It’s not the best song I ever wrote nor did it achieve more than much more than being a mid-chart hit, but nevertheless, you can sing that chorus. Now sing the chorus of even one Mariah Carey song. Nothing against Mariah, she’s a brilliantly gifted vocalist, but the point here is the way that the songs were built — mine from the ground up, hers from the top down”.

Long-tenured employees of these companies were sacrificed in the name of profitability and the culture of greed was burned into the brains of even the most serious music lovers. It seemed that paying attention sales, who had the #1 record from one week to next, and who fell or rose on the charts was all that validated music”.

I’ve always found it amusing that a few people who have never made a record or written a song seem to know so much more about what an artist should be doing than the artist himself. If these pundits know so much, I’d suggest that make their own records and just leave us out of it”.

John Mellencamp. Un monstruo.

Esto es sólo un extracto. El texto completo en http://www.mellencamp.com/?module=news&news_item_id=367

1 Comment

  1. Fantástico lo que dice: unos construyen canciones de abajo, de la base, hacia arriba, hasta que la canción ha evolucionado y ha crecido, otros lo hacen al revés: de arriba hacia abajo, como Mariah Carey.
    Saludos.

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