Music // I was pleasantly surprised last Thursday when I received an email from LiveNation. I was the runner-up for the Wiz Khalifa Experience Sweepstakes. I immediately replied and became the grand prize winner gaining backstage access! It was actually my first concert experience here in Houston. I have had a few opportunities to meet bands, but it was usually just a quick hello and then a picture with the group. Being backstage was a wild experience, and one I’m sure I’ll remember for a long time. One of the coolest things was being able to look out at the packed crowd dancing and having an awesome time.
In honor of shark week here’s a picture of, well, a Lion Fish. Sorry, couldn’t find a shark pic last minute. 😉
Music // The Music Industry Is Literally Brainwashing You to Like Bad Pop Songs — Here’s How. It could just be getting older, but I feel the quality of music on the radio has tanked. The people who gain the most attention and fame are those who are simply entertainers, not musicians. They can’t sing without the help of Auto-Tune and sound engineers. They don’t play instruments, and they don’t write songs. For females all it seems to take is luck, a pretty face, a nice body, and a creative production company. Males don’t seem to suffer from the double-standard of beauty. They just seem to need a gimmick, some kind of back story. I truly don’t understand the cult of Beyonce. Take her Superbowl performance. She sang for maybe 20% of the performance and danced the rest. Sure, it’s not easy to do both, but she is making millions. Shouldn’t that set a higher standard than what the average person could accomplish? Not to harp on one person, but she is touted again and again as a feminist. How is singing “If you like IT, you shoulda put a ring on IT,” promoting the idea of equality among genders? Women are now an “it” who are not going to stick around without a ring. Think about “artists” like Katy Perry. The majority of her songs are catchy and “fun” but ultimately meaningless dribble. She is one of the biggest stars on the planet. Sure music can provide a fun escape. I just wish the talented musicians who are capable of conveying common themes of humanity, such as love, heart break, loss, and hope, were equally represented on the radio, in media, and on stage.
I’m heading out of town for two weeks, so I thought I’d leave you with an extra dose of Best Links. Enjoy and see you on the flip side!
Music // Hip, hip hop, hip hop anonymous. Maybe I’m missing Atlanta, but I’ve been revisiting some old hip hop favorites. if you’ve been craving some awesome beats too, I recommend checking out the Hyped Up Hip Hop station on Slacker.com.