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Stagnation: From "Why Country Music Sucks" to how music has hit a creative wall

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Recently Buzzfeed published a video from Entertainment Weekly writer Grady Smith, who created it: " response to readers who thought his favorite country albums from 2013 didn't include enough mainstream country music."

Smith was quoted saying:

I hope country fans will stop settling for this derivative junk. I love a dumb party song every once in a while (including some of these!), but when they’re the only flavor available, they get old very, very fast.”

So, naturally, it was our privilege and pleasure to tell you how much we enjoyed it, and talk a little bit about what's going on in the undeniably greatest creative music genre in the world: rock and roll, and modernly, alternative rock & punk.

Smith created the montage video which featured a number of artists' top hits and their respective videos in the country music scene to demonstrate how stagnation can take hold when musicians follow the trend of digging through what works versus taking chances.
(Or maybe that wasn't his goal at all, but it's certainly what we got from it.)

There's a lot of that going on right now in our music scene, especially in the mainstream outlet.

It seems like we've fallen into a trend of singing about largely the same thing: Girls, guys, breakups, heart break, parties (occasionally), family problems, more about girls, and sometimes about what affects the musician personally.
(P.S. Magicturtle643 on YouTube made a compelling video last week about this very subject which we absolute recommend you check out right now.)

Now, while I agree with the aforementioned YouTuber that singing about your passions and your personal life is really what derives the best kind of music (art comes from the soul, and anything less is just trying to be sellable), I think I also have to reinforce the point that sometimes, it just gets old.

I mean, sure, we can sit here all day "relating" to a great band's lyrics, but is that really all you can give us? As a musician myself, I understand the release that writing and singing about what troubles you and what goes on can bring (it's really an uplifting process, you should try it sometime), but as a musician, you should try to avoid stagnation and challenge yourself to think more complexly about what you want to sing about.

The result could bring about a lot of really interesting pieces in 2014 that are both creatively awesome, and at the same time, derived from personal experience.
(See; Panic! At The Disco: Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die)


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