Donnerstag, 18. März 2010

De Alto Cedro voy para Marcané

I'm watching this right now for the 25th time and hearing them play Chan Chan brings the tears to my eyes again and again... This is music and these are musicians who play from the bottom of their heart and with all their soul and make it so incredibly special. They don't need to put on a show with dancers and fancy stage decorations and costumes, they just stand there and play this incredibly beautiful and touching music and they are simply perfect. I would give everything to have gone to one of their concerts and to see people like Compay Segundo, Ibrahim Ferrer, Rubén González and Omara Portuondo live. Unfortunately most of them passed away. My parents went though, I get really jealous when they tell me about it. :)
What makes me very sad and somehow angry is that music is being more and more commercialized and most people from my age group actually listen to that mainstream shit. I'm not saying it's all bad, there are some excellent musicians today too and there are also many songs by popular musicians that I enjoy listening to. I'm just saying that in my opinion, the whole attitude against music has changed. I mean I love to hear my dad telling me about how he went to all the Pink Floyd and Dire Straits concerts with his friends and how they grew up with that music. It had a different meaning for them. Just look at all the rap videos. I guess they use the principle 'sex sells', because they don't really have anything else to sell other than offensive lyrics and naked women shaking their asses. It also makes me sad that there are so many incredibly talented artists who can't make the transition from Myspace to a recording studio while some untalented douchebags become rich and famous with their crappy oh-my-life-in-da-hood-was-so-hard-I'm-such-a-gangsta-I-gotta-show-off-all-my-money-cause-I'm-a-nouveau-riche-ya-know 'music' or some 'singers' getting out of a car showing off their vajinas to all the photographers 'accidentaly' three times a week when their records don't sell. Sorry, this is just what I think.

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