Image Credit: Neville Longmore Abstract Artist
McDonalds is to food as radio is to music
I abhor essentially all music that is played on broadcast radio. Yes, musical taste is subjective, but the trite, banal, watered-down music devoid of personality played on radio in America is an insult to anyone with more than a fleeting interest in the form of art.
The problem I have with it goes deeper than formulaic structure and generic, unoriginal content – although you could easily make the case for either of those – but I’d like to also highlight something you may not realize: most of it is way overproduced. It isn’t authentic and is lacking a key element that makes music special: personality.
I prefer music written by one person in their home studio with just a few pieces of gear, music recorded by an amateur band in their garage, music recorded by a live jazz performance for an intimate group – people creating music because they love it without pretense. It is real, and it’s actually far better than what most big studios put out.