Originally Posted at PsmythSongs.com December 2, 2009
This morning, as I reviewed some of my recent blog entries, I couldn’t help but notice what I can only describe as a palpable lack of objectivity and criticality. It’s true, I prefer to focus on what I feel is working with any given artist and their oeuvre (and lavish praise upon them in the process) and to veer from what I may find lacking, boring or outright irritating in their work. I have also made a concerted effort to seek only those musicians who really get inside me and shake things up a bit (even if their instrumental technique, song writing adeptness or production prowess might suffer from a minor lack of mechanical or critical perfection). Today, however, I’m going to be really mean and nasty about something that really irritates the hell out of me - both to demonstrate that I am willing and able do such a thing (and with unmitigated abandon) and to provide some balance to what has otherwise been a big love-fest between myself and some of my favorite independent musicians.
So here it is: I was searching on Youtube yesterday for more unsigned musicians/video artists to write about, thinking I would find the same vast talent pool I’ve found lately on MySpace. Instead, I discovered what I would characterize as a lot of absolute crap. I mean seriously bad, awful, terrible, hateful garbage. I’m not going to name names, but here’s what I will say to those making such abominations: Just because you own a guitar and a web cam does not mean you have a right to make a music video. Especially if you find it necessary to do so while sitting on your bed.
I know, I know... if I hate this sort of thing so much, why not just ignore it, right? Well, here’s why:
1. There are a great many monumentally talented, hardworking and devoted musicians writing and recording sublime songs and producing compelling videos who go lamentably unsigned.
2. The excess of detritus being expelled from so many of those I discovered on Youtube who call themselves ‘unsigned artists’ only makes it more difficult for those with real ability to achieve recognition above the relentless din of mediocrity.
3. I loathe people who take no pride in what they do. I mean seriously, could you even try to make it look like you care?
4. Finally, I think any and all of these wannabe recording artists are shooting themselves in the foot by demonstrating to the world (and anybody with the will and resources to grant them a record deal) that they don’t care enough about their public images to even try to be interesting. There may be some real talent out there, but, quite frankly, if some unknown hack writer like me can’t be bothered to take the time to sift through the trash, no record executive is going to, either.
Whew, I feel much better now. I also feel more resolute in my quest to find those truly talented and rigorous unsigned artists and to help them tout their wares. And if I tend to privilege strength above failing, well, I guess that’s just my thing. If you don’t like it, go write your own blog about touchy-feely bloggers who bug the sh*t out of you. (BTW, I have no problem using profanity, but for some reason I find the [expletive deleted] versions of such words really f*ing funny).