One of the most striking things about the evolution of broadcasting is that the greatest changes are often less about production styles or program content than they are about how the audience at large views the medium itself. There may be no greater evolution than
Is traditional radio trying to kill itself? Certainly it does itself no favors when it chops entire sections out of classic rock and pop tunes. I know stations have to make a buck, but removing critical passages from treasured songs seems an odd way to do it!
The term “soul music” was probably first used in print around 1961, but of course its roots go back much further, and its expression in the pop world reaches back at least into the mid 50s, depending on what you count. Sam Cooke, for example,
As much as the complaint “why does music suck today compared to _________ (name your own adolescent-era here)?” may seem like just another case of old-fogeyism, there are a few concrete factors as to why this lament may bear a bit more truth now than
Our music tells us, though not always clearly, what’s ahead. It always has. What is today’s music saying about tomorrow?