Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really?
Posted by: Laurent ()
Date: March 11, 2013 10:53PM

I believe that even the most highly-regarded songwriters would not be considered writing better songs today than they did 20 years ago. All the greats relied on a few trademarks, and like everything, they are running thin. The novelty wears off, and I don't think we will find many who think that Desmond Child writes better songs today.

In a way, all writers can become prisoner of his/her own cliches.

The average listener like me will not have the necessary musical knowledge to assess the cleverness behind certain songwriting skills. What we hear is what we judge by saying "do I like it or not". By that token, there are probably songwriting jewels written back in the day that to my ears sound like fillers. A good example is Toto: I cannot stand any of their ballads. They are syrupy, mellow with lame lyrics. That is my opinion as a listener (I love their rocking songs, and do not put "Rosanna" and "Africa" in the ballad category). Do they include musical ideas, use of certain technic or I don't know why that can make a professional think "this is underwriting genius"?

I think we might be a bit harsh on today's songwriters. And although I do not relate to many, with hindsight, I can hear that even the classics were filled with fillers. It was definitively not all amazing songwriting throughout.

I think that the emotional bond we have with certain songs or a period of time, cannot be topped. Therefore regardless of the quality we hear today, it will never sound as good or as fresh.

I would like to try to understand how you assess, as a professional musician, great songwriting skills?

Navigate: Previous MessageNext Message
Options: ReplyQuote


SubjectViewsWritten ByPosted
AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 858 Laurent 03/10/2013 10:47PM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 588 Andrew 03/10/2013 11:02PM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 453 Laurent 03/10/2013 11:33PM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 413 rocknut 03/11/2013 12:06AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 289 Terry K. 03/11/2013 03:37AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 223 Laurent 03/11/2013 04:35PM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 111 Terry K. 03/12/2013 07:04AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 102 Laurent 03/12/2013 04:58PM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 103 Daredevil 03/12/2013 06:05PM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 407 rocknut 03/11/2013 12:04AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 366 jamesrock 03/11/2013 12:11AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 323 Snake65 03/11/2013 12:12AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 287 Woody 03/11/2013 02:43AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 380 Tommy-Denander 03/11/2013 03:18AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 252 Terry K. 03/11/2013 03:57AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 129 Chazz 03/12/2013 12:35AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 218 Terry K. 03/11/2013 03:48AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 303 Snake65 03/11/2013 12:12AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 452 Tommy-Denander 03/11/2013 12:33AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 328 rocknut 03/11/2013 12:48AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 244 SEAN1 03/11/2013 02:42AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 280 DCPete 03/11/2013 02:01AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 286 Tommy-Denander 03/11/2013 03:29AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 237 Terry K. 03/11/2013 05:30AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 247 Tommy-Denander 03/11/2013 05:38AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 178 Terry K. 03/11/2013 05:42AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 155 Morten 03/11/2013 04:59PM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 205 Tommy-Denander 03/11/2013 05:32PM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 145 Laurent 03/11/2013 10:56PM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 146 Tommy-Denander 03/12/2013 01:59AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really?173 Laurent 03/11/2013 10:53PM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 206 Terry K. 03/11/2013 03:44AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 271 MetroGnome 03/11/2013 05:42AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 195 Terry K. 03/11/2013 06:00AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 221 MetroGnome 03/11/2013 07:14AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 169 Terry K. 03/11/2013 08:11AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 147 MetroGnome 03/12/2013 02:50AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 116 Terry K. 03/12/2013 07:09AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 250 Tommy-Denander 03/11/2013 06:47AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 220 Surfpunk 03/11/2013 08:11AM
Re: AOR/MR: average = classic today? Really? 224 Nunzio Soprano 03/11/2013 04:38PM


Sorry, only registered users may post in this forum.
Powered by Phorum.

Disclaimer: melodicrock.com takes no responsibility for the contents of messages posted on this open forum, or for the sanity of those posting.