I lurk on a songwriter’s board now and then. I used to post a lot years ago. But in the past couple of years I haven’t posted as much as I’ve been pretty busy with actually working doing what I love to do. Last night I decided to read about the concept of having people hate your music and that the more people you have hating it, the better. Why? Because it probably means there are a lot of people that like it or love it as well.
The idea is about acts like Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber. How they have tons of people that hate them, but also have tons of people the love them. The discussion morphed into how acts like these are mediocre musically speaking. Of course it’s all perception and attitude. Not everyone finds them to be mediocre. While I don’t always like everything everyone does, I usually don’t call popular artists mediocre. Mostly because I know the work that goes into the whole thing.
When it came down to it, because I write so many different things in varying styles, it’s inferred that I’m contributing the mediocrity of the music business. Oh well. I can’t make everyone happy. I can do what I do and write music that I find interesting and good. Sometimes I write complicated stuff – which I generally find easy to do. Sometimes I write simple stuff – which generally find much harder to do. Why? Because keeping something simple and interesting is way harder to do.
In the name of pure pop mediocrity I’m going with the following song because I really love it. The production. The sentiment. Everything about it is catchy, fun, and makes you feel great rather than moribund. It’s called These Words (I Love You) by Natasha Bedingfield. Now I’ve had the good fortune of seeing Ms. Bedingfield perform live at a special music event – she is an amazing singer. She’s got talent and makes people feel something with her voice and music. That’s a winning combination in my mind. I’m going to let the music speak for itself today.