Good morning fine folks!
With the very sad passing of Chris Cornell, I’ve been having some hard core musical nostalgia today.
I have “I am the Highway” stuck in my head.
When I was little (’96-’97ish) I would wake up early on the weekends and watch VH1’s Top 40 on the weekends…. you know, back when they actually played music.
I remember the mainstays being TLC’s “Waterfalls”, Jewel’s “You Were Meant for Me”, and The Wallflower’s “One Headlight”. Those were my favorites at the time.
I also had a thing for Paula Cole and Alanis Morisette.
As I started Middle School, and the music you listened to defined your popularity, I started in with the Britney Spears, BSB, N’Sync, and all the other dreadful pop music that came out. Those were my Mariah Carey years, too. I adored the albums “Butterfly” and “Rainbow”
Sometime around 8th or 9th grade (’01-’02) I got tired of pop radio stations playing the same thing over and over and over.
So, I changed the station. First song I heard was Breaking Benjamin’s “Polyamorous”.
Then I fell in love with Amy Lee’s vocals, Chris Cornell’s Audioslave work, Weezer, Queens of the Stone Age (which is one of my go to karaoke bands), Foo Fighters.
Haven’t looked back.
As I get older, I get more into classic rock and older music. I have a hard care soft spot for Johnny Cash. I adore Freddy Mercury. Also, surprisingly, my go to romantic music is Al Green and Otis Redding.
Now, I can safely say I’ve become a music snob.
I have a hard time with “musicians” who are just over processed vocalists like Beyonce, Mariah, Katy Perry, Kesha, Nicki Minaj, most rappers, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, etc… Generally anyone who ends up on Buckley’s worst songs list.
“Musicians” who don’t play any musical instruments. This is one reason why I love Amy Lee — yes, her early Evanescence days were a bit cringy (she even says so herself), but she has a beautiful singing voice that doesn’t need autotune, plays the guitar, harp, and piano.
Dave Grohl sings, plays guitar and drums.
Stevie Wonder is blind and can still sing, play piano, drums, base, and harmonica.
Lenny Kravitz plays guitar, base, keyboard.
Prince played guitar, keyboard, drums, sax…
But none of the “musicians” listed above do nothing but sing, and still require autotune (except for Beyonce who is exceptional without autotune, but still doesn’t play any instruments)
I like my musicians to actually play musical instruments and actually be talented.
And I know I’m going to get the, “Well, you’re not a musician, Carolanne, you have no right to judge.”
Dude, I don’t need to be a five star chef to tell you a meal is bad. Same with music.