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Old 08-07-2009, 05:58 AM
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Ok Jason Mraz was just on the Today show. Here is my question - this simple, looping (slightly Jamacian) "music" that is popular seems well, very unsophisticated and sort of what we would have sung in Kindergarden and seems it would appeal most to the pre-school crowd.

All the songs seem to have the same rhyming repeating beat. Almost like a Lymerick. So, is that the point of it - a longing for simpler times of childhood? I mean its so un-rock? Its great that every generation has their own music I guess - maybe the pendulum swung so far in the absurd anything goes loud offensive shocking direction that this is a counter movement?

I suppose our parents were equally surprised at our music......
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i think the key part of your post is "on the today show"

pretty much means they're broadcasting to soccer mom's and retirees...they ain't gonna put rock on at 9AM and scare those folks...


and i think the music world today is extremely fragmented. there's LOTS and LOTS of different types of music out there. the internet has made it all so accessible (and free) that people can be really selective and find that exact right style for them.

even still...i spend as much time listening to the who and the clash as i do any new stuff...which i can assure you does not include jason mraz.
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i think the key part of your post is "on the today show"

pretty much means they're broadcasting to soccer mom's and retirees...they ain't gonna put rock on at 9AM and scare those folks...


and i think the music world today is extremely fragmented. there's LOTS and LOTS of different types of music out there. the internet has made it all so accessible (and free) that people can be really selective and find that exact right style for them.

even still...i spend as much time listening to the who and the clash as i do any new stuff...which i can assure you does not include jason mraz.
Aha

I was thinking this was typical of what high schools kids are all into - looking at the crowd - but, sure there is so much different stuff out there - I wonder if this will be as "timeless" as the who and such. Hey, after all we did have Neil Diamond and Barry Manilow at the same time as R and R.
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Hey, its better than rap music or Brittany Spears.
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Hey, its better than rap music or Brittany Spears.
and by "better" i'm guessing you mean less annoying?

and i agree with you...but it's still boring as all hell.
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There is a thriving stream of rock just under the surface. You wont hear it on the radio or see the videos on MTV. Where you will hear some the best "current" music today is while watching surfing, skating, BMX and wakeboarding videos.

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Originally Posted by A Few Dollars View Post
Hey, its better than rap music or Brittany Spears.
How true. I guess I should try more to be a glass half full person.

And, yea, I think boring describes it quite well....
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agree with the OP - we have to play some sappy middle of the road stuff thru our XM account at work - listen to "the Pulse" channel for longer than an hour and you will go looking for a gun for your head...

the one that particularly drives me outta my mind is "21 guns" by green day

Jesus.....what crap
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Amen to that..
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Why hate? Change the dial. My kids have Jason Mraz and Vampire Weekend on their Ipods. I have My Bloody Valentine cd's in my Ford Pickup. Why try to pidgeon hole music as either good or bad? As Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth says. "A few dissonant chords won't kill you".
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vampire weekend is 10x more fun and creative than jason mraz!

and i'm way down with SY! i hadn't listened to them in several years and picked up 'the eternal' last month and think their still alright!
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Originally Posted by LI Sound Grunt View Post
Ok Jason Mraz was just on the Today show. Here is my question - this simple, looping (slightly Jamacian) "music" that is popular seems well, very unsophisticated and sort of what we would have sung in Kindergarden and seems it would appeal most to the pre-school crowd.

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Well,look what Susan Boyle did. It might take the next coming of Christ to stage a bigger intrest than that!
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I guess thats why its called "Pop" culture and Pop music - its popular and "IN" and so OK

I don't care - don't love it hate it - (I do love the off button on all these electronic gizmos..)just posing the question is this a reflection of the times - maybe a desire for kinder gentler softer take me back to when I was a kid type music for this generation; as opposed to the music of the sixties which was associated with anti establishment - change revolution, Vietnam turbulant times . That's all.. I work with kids part time and they don't seem simple or lazy or sappy....I guess one of the above posters said it best - there are lots of readily available and free music alternatives now.....

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Pop music is done. Everything is fraged now. Listen to what ya like. From Chopin to King Diamond is what you find on kids Ipods today. The downfall of album sides is responsible. Only one hit shows is what interests the deficit attention generation. But that's ok. Ya gotta be a quick learner and on the go today.
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Pop music = popular music. Whatever is popular is "pop music". Frank Sinatra was pop music in his time.

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Years ago ('70's) the wife and I went to see Grand Funk Railroad here and there was another band touring with them at the show - some guy named "Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band"!

GREAT music!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Grunt,

Jason Mraz is a "local" (born and raised here in Hanover Co., VA where I live) and went to the high school where my wife was an asst. principal for 18yrs. - did well in school, active in LOTS of GOOD things, never in trouble, and was an all-around good kid! My son played soccer with him in elementary school. Comes from a good home and wasn't a "silver spoon" kid by any stretch (his parents still live here, I think?). He's EARNED his way!

Went to see him here about 6-8mo. ago and the former principal when he graduated drove down from No. VA to see him (was right behind us in line), too - sold out crowd. LOTS of fans and kind of a Dave Mathews Band style. Puts on a GREAT show!

I wasn't sure if it was "my" style of music when I went, but thoroughly enjoyed it by the end of the night!

Sorry I missed Jason today - I had heard he was going to be on, but forgot to tell the wife and missed it.

LOTS of "different" stuff out there and it seems most kids are into a little "tamer" stuff nowadays than 10 years ago - which is a GOOD thing!

CHEERS to Jason and his success!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

On the OTHER hand, we could be listenin' to THIS kinda' stuff ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRf7f...eature=related

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There is a thriving stream of rock just under the surface. You wont hear it on the radio or see the videos on MTV. Where you will hear some the best "current" music today is while watching surfing, skating, BMX and wakeboarding videos.

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