The video below generally sums up the feelings of us who are not fans of singing competition shows like, “American Idol” and “The Voice.”
We don’t need future musical “idols.” We need singers and bands that are a combination of musicians, performers and storytellers who start from the ground level in a garage or music room in a school and work their way up to as big a venue as fans demand. This is a process that takes years and years of dedication, endurance and dealing with a variety of struggles in the real world of music, not weeks on a television show.
How can you distinguish between great bands/singers and competitors on, “The Voice” and “American Idol?” You can hear it in their voice.
Like others, there are bands that I like that I’ve discovered well before they become widely known, “big” and/or mainstream and I take quite a bit of pride in this when it happens. It’s a special moment and is really cool when this occurs! Amusingly, the clip below illustrates the lengths some music fans will go to portray themselves as the most “in” of all those who are “in” when it comes to knowing the next “big band.”
It’s time for a “Lie Witness News” report!
As a nice, relaxing treat to ease you into the weekend, enjoy this funny bit from Jimmy Kimmel Live that contains interviews from fans from this year’s Coachella in the desert of Santa Barbara, California. It’s a gigantic musical festival that typically features a few massively popular bands and a long list of smaller indie groups, some on the cusp of making it to our radios, hearts and wallets.
That is, if they even exist…