EDITORIAL & OPINIONS
Song writing is evolution,
Be honest: when your parents get old, are
you going to take care of them and humour their senile ramblings
or are you going to ship them off to one of those "facilities?"
The same question can be raised when it comes
to certain musical artists. I'm not talking about "hit
makers" like Skye Sweetnam (who we all know actually had
nothing to do with her hit) or fake gangsta rappers like 50
Cent. I'm talking about those bands and singers that make whole
albums of music, instead of a decent song or two, plus ten filler
songs. Take a band like Halifax indie pop darlings Sloan, for
instance. Their latest album, Action Pact, marks their seventh
full-length release in 11 years as a band.
If you ask me, there is great merit in continuously
producing new, original material, no matter how badly experimenting
with a new sound sometimes (arguably) goes awry. As a music
fan, this seems like a reasonable enough opinion. I've followed
a few bands/artists through decade-long careers and have come
to accept the fact bands will sometimes try new things and change
up their sound.
However, I am constantly amazed at the number
of fans that lash out at seemingly established artists the second
they realize that "this latest album sounds nothing like
the last one!" Wow, really? Why don't you buy another copy
of the last one then and sell this one to City Lights where
I can buy it for ten bucks cheaper than HMV?
I know a lot of people take music personally
and a change in an artist's sound can sometimes be heartbreaking
to a long-term fan. What we need to remember is that change
is a natural progression in art as it is in life and that we
should give those whom we respect and admire the space and motivation
to create more music in the future.
In his 21st century anthem entitled "We
Will Still Need a Song," flamboyantly earnest singer-songwriter
Hawksley Workman sings the lines "The poets let a generation
down/ but modern music can be the healing sound/ it's the only
way." Workman's sincere plea strikes even more of a chord
with the listener when it is placed within the context of circumstances
surrounding his latest album, Lover/ Fighter.
On his online message board, the singer is
already being attacked by resentful "fans" who claim
his latest outing is too polished and lacks the quirky charm
of his past two releases. This kind of behaviour not only exemplifies
the fickleness of some music fans today, but it also opens the
"sellout" can of worms, which we'll save for another