During my first year at the Automotive Training Network I made very good friends with Mark Gilbert ATN founder and a massive music fan. It was in fact through the music that we bonded and we used to introduce each other to different types of music and information about our favorite bands. Growing up I can remember seeing people of a certain age completely shut off the idea of listening to new music and I was determined to never be like that. Mark provided me with the perfect inspiration because although he was older, he still had his finger on the pulse of the new bands and artists that were coming out in the modern day. The idea of stopping listening to new music seems absurd to me, regardless of how old you are, and here is why you should never stop.
Not Finished Yet
Many people buy into this myth that everything that could be made has been made and that the only new music there is, is old music that issuing regurgitated and repackaged. This is just not the case at all and music has a million and one ways in which it can be played, presented and delivered. Even if we look at the court cases which have taken place in recent years of artists who have apparently copied rhythms or time signatures, the two songs are very often completely different. Also you only have to look back to the Beatles and Led Zeppelin who based their careers on trying to sound like others, only in a different way.
There Won’t Be Another…
After Elvis they thought nobody could take over the way that he did, then came Michael Jackson, after Jacko people thought that nobody could do what he has done but you know what, someone will come along and take things further. The same goes for guitarists, people thought Robert Johnson was the king and then Hendrix came along, after Hendrix came the likes of Slash and Kirk Hammett, there is always someone new and there is always progression in new music.
There is Room
We have to remember as well that within every genre there is room for a number of artists and songs which can be written at different times. Take the grunge scene for example, when Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains were making their early albums they had a certain sound which was instantly recognizable, the bands were very different in content and delivery, but they all matched that sound. If a group comes out tomorrow with that sound people write them off as copying, but the truth is that there is room to love Dirt ,Ten, In Utero and whatever record happens to come out tomorrow. New music doesn’t have to be unique and the first of its kind, it just has to make you feel good, make you sing, dance or put you in a certain mood, regardless of when it is made.
Don’t close your ears just yet, there is plenty of great new music on its way.