Monday, May 10, 2010

10 Reasons To Get Excited About Music: #7-5

[to see the first part of this list #10-8 click on this link]

7. Teen Music Doesn’t Suck

Every generation has their corporate manufactured teen idols. There were The Monkees, The Partridge Family, Tiffany, 98 Degrees and the list goes on and on. Most of the music from these artists is mediocre at best.

Now I know you love “Party In The U.S.A.” by Miley Cyrus, don’t try to deny it.

It's not just infectious pop songs. Taylor Swift has composed and recorded some of the best music about teenage love since the Beach Boys. Justin Bieber has a fun stage presence and impressive vocal prowess and the Jonas Brothers not only play their own instruments but also compose their own songs (which are pretty good).

If you don’t like this stuff, chances are you’re not suppose to, but it’s undeniable that this music is age appropriate, culturally relevant and a whole lot of fun.

6. Rolling Stone Is A Great Magazine

Time, Newsweek, US News & World Report, Entertainment Weekly, Q and Spin are all magazines, which I’ve tried to regularly read and have given up on. Through all of my explorations with other magazines Rolling Stone has preserved.

Rolling Stone magazine has had its ups and downs. After the redesign to a smaller format it was a little rough and that section which was designed to look like a Star was a big mistake. However, they have figured it out since then and it’s as good a magazine and its ever been.

The political reporting is vicious and unapologetic. You may think that it’s biased but it never fails to inspire discussion, encouraging readers to participate in some of the most important political discussions of our time.

The features exemplify the best in long form journalism. Including a wide range of topics including Osama Bin Laden’s favorite son and yoga cults. This wide range of relevant and important stories are thought-provoking and help us better understand human condition.

Oh yeah, then there’s the music news and reviews. Yes, they play to the mainstream but they never forget their roots constantly discussing up and coming artists and trends.

Rolling Stone proves every issue that the pen is mightier than the sword, Rock isn’t dead and that we can make the world a better place.

5. Music Is Everywhere
Once upon a time if you liked a song you heard performed live you had to wait for another performance. Later you could catch it on the radio and then you could buy a record. Now, satellite radio and the internet has made music more accessible than ever before.

If you want to find a song you like it takes less than a minute to find it and chances are it will be free for you to listen to it. The only thing better than the access to music we have now would be it I could make Bruce Springsteen show up in my living room whenever I paged him.

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