It’s not my intetion to make this into a typical wailing wall blog, men sometimes posts like that might appear. As this one, after an interview of Chris Cornell from The Pulse Of Radio. He comes out with so many narrow-minded things my whole body starts to itch. Will probably feel better when I shared my thoughts about it here:
…rock music has “definitely lost its place at the center of the musical universe. (…) When I was growing up in the late Seventies, everyone could identify the five or 10 bands that formed the center. (…) Now kids turn on the radio and hear Eminem or Kanye, so that’s what they gravitate towards.
First of all. It’s very unlikely that “kids” nowadays turn on the radio if they want to listen to music. This statement alone clearly shows that Chris is one of those pseudo-analysers who doesn’t have the slightest clue what they are talking about.
Instead he is joining that special group of people pretend to have studied the surroundings carefully, made some brainy conclusions which they then proudly serve to the rest of the world. But all they really do is to sit and guess, using their very limited view of the world, along with a good bunch of preconceptions.
Here are some more pseudo analyzies:
They’re making music on iPhones. Everything’s fractured. The reason there’s no modern-day Shakespeare is because he didn’t have anything to do except sit in a room with a candle and think.
I would really like to know who “they” are in this case? My Chemical Romance? System of a down? The Hives? The Killers? In Flames? And if people are using their iPhone to make music, does it really matter? Personally, I think the result is everything that counts, not the tools you use.
Because, where should you draw the line then? Isn’t some kind of cheating to buy your guitar from a music shop? I mean, you can build one on your own. So did Brian May. Or invent your own studio equipment, just as Les Paul did. With this way of thinking, no music should be considered as “true”, expect the music played bone flutes and skull drums. I have my suspicions that Brian May actually didn’t do everything on his own, he might e.g. have bought his strings from a shop.
And in the 16:th and 17:th (and all other in the history of human) centuries, people most likely had more things to do and distract their minds with then sitting in a room and think? Honestly I have no idea about Shakespeare’s methods of work, but the only thing that really matters is that he was a writer with a tremendous amount of talent. But that doesn’t necessarily means that they way he worked (whatever it was) would suit anyone else at all.
Do you think Shakespeare had become a better or worse writer if he had been able to use a computer to write on? Or if he had to carve them into the walls of a cave, using tools of chert? Who knows.
But it’s very likely that he wouldn’t have had time to make as many writings as he did, if he had used the later of those two methods. Which I think Chris Cornell should consider, before talking to much about the development of technology and it’s impact on creative work…
Well, I think that’s enough for today. Personally I think Soundgarden is on of the weirdest band ever to play on Sweden Rock Festival. But if people like it, fine.