I was about to go to bed after a very average day. I say average because, all things considered, it wasn’t such a bad day. But there was nothing very big happening all day long, and I dislike days like these. I fear days like these, and I’d like to give you an example of why do I don’t like these days.
I spent a large part of my day working. Then to relax, I thought I should take off of my mind these sounds I had in my head for the whole day – perhaps even manage to compose something. And usually, since I’m not such a good songwriter, I invariably fail at the presumably simple task of making things sound as you’ve imagined them, with the tools at hand. I just can’t shake down all the ideas, put them together in a nicely fitting way, get the tools to do just what I want to do and then look at the work done and say ‘yes, this is coming together just as it should’, and go to the next step. I’m guessing the next step is just to add layers to the composition.
So first reason for being unhappy about this day is beacuse I reached Stage 2 of frustration.
Later, after listening again and again to the tunes that inspired me today, I came across this track from Dr. Dog, which blowed my mind with its nicely evolving pattern, slowly reaching a climax with a question mark in the end. I also read a short bio of this band, saying the band had earned ‘positive reviews from outlets’, but that was before more success came with new material (see website). I could only be hurt by this line, first because this band deserve much more (and I know they’ll be getting all the attention they deserve at Bonnaroo and other places where they tour in 2014), but also because it shows, in my opinion, how swift and pre-processed judgements are made by some critics nowadays(note: this bio was written by Stewart Mason, Rovi). Ugh. Factual, this review flies though the band history at a sickening speed, to the point where aseptic comments are all over the place. I hate the people making money out of content distribution instead of content originality, it’s as simple as this. And this is where entertainment in general needs elaboration. Advertisements should be as entertaining as the content you’re reviewing or promoting. I love the music world for keeping on expanding itself to new shores, with new bands happily emerging out of nowhere forever and for better, even when the bulk of the music industry is pulling backwards.
How many times have I thought ‘well, this band really makes good music, but they’re not really super famous yet’, or, ‘the single track sounds very good, looking forward to listen to the album and see them live!’ ? I don’t blame people for doing merchandising. I just regret that, because the process of getting recognized as an artist goes through all kinds of media exposure testing, there are good songs and fabulous live acts that would probably never come together.