Not long after writing those blogs, I watched an episode of America’s Got Talent. It’s not my favorite show, but for whatever reason it was on our television that night, and it occurred to me that the idea of creating a “hit” or the “next biggest thing” is the prevailing drive in the industry these days. Nothing is allowed to happen naturally. Not the talent, not the music, not the image, and definitely not the fans loyalty.
It should make one wonder if maybe, just maybe, there isn’t a simple correlation between sales in recent years and the history of such shows as American Idol, America’s Got Talent, X Factor, The Voice and many, many others. (Research just how many “one hit wonders” we’ve had in recent years. The numbers are astounding!) We’re so busy creating stars, buying one or two songs from them and then immediately moving on to the next big thing that we’re completely missing the bigger picture at hand.
My curiosities about the current culture will only be answered in hindsight many years ahead, being both the beauty and curse of history. I am certain that as my children enter their thirties and forties a band of historians will dissect this moment in time as we have done to decades prior. Will my children and others in their generation have similar tales to tell about continuing to follow the same band(s) well into their adulthood? How will future music listeners look back on the beginning years of this century?
If Duran Duran were at it’s beginnings today, just how different would they be from the band we knew in the 1980’s? The obvious mentions are of course the image and styling – assuming the band would still be as forward thinking, but would the process be nearly as organic for them, and would fans still be as drawn?
Thankfully, I never have to know. -R