In the firmament of hopeful musical stars the Milky Way looks small by comparison. Both tragic, and transient, most music today is just downright terrible. But there is a small galaxy of talent out there.
The talent has been carefully nurtured and crafted over many years with the purpose of communicating something memorable; and hopefully meaningful. That small galaxy of musical talent is recognized on a variety of levels from fans to the music biz itself. And great talent should be recognized.
In this sonic landscape we are experiencing the idea that everyone should be recognized for their musical prowess regardless of the level of artistry. Music awards of every variety are springing up like a hayfield full of weeds, and artists are so desperate for recognition the award means more than the music.
Aside from exceptional music, why should we reward someone who doesn’t even understand music theory, has no legacy or legitimate substance behind their career?
We shouldn’t. But we do because we’ve become a society where everyone gets an award for participation. Public schools in my opinion are the vile originators of positive reinforcement. You read a book. You get a gold star. You sit on the bench the entire baseball season and get a certificate of appreciation. For WHAT?
If the only reason people are in the game of music (which is a contact sport in the greatest turn of the phrase), is for the award, then I’ll buy trophies rather than buy CDs.
Great music matters. Trophies collect dust.
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