Goodnight Kiss Music (BMI) & Scene Stealer Music (ASCAP)
Jan. 06- Jan. 31, 2001
Janet's note to readers:
I read the article reprinted below online. It is a wonderful analysis of SONGWRITING as we have always acknowledged it, and PRODUCTION, as heard on the new pop records and often referred to as
the songwriting of today.
The last pitch our company requested, which
we referred to as the "Now Track", was the PERFECT
example of our company being asked for what is described in this article. I believe this is a TREND,
by the way, and if the boy groups don't totally kill off harmony with overuse, melody and great song form
(in my opinion) are due to come back with a vengeance.
It was pretty sad when I had to turn down good songs with traditional structure as too "dated" for this pitch. I believe production will still be fairly integral in pop music for a while longer, but I believe form will come back, as the ear gets tired of bored melody wanderings and overly-repetitive rhythms and synth overload.
Some of the new Latin-structured pop is
displaying some of this crossover of interesting traditional
acoustic instruments with great, varied rhythms under new pop
"unstructured" form. Anyway, I felt this article to be
timely AND informed.
I wrote Mr. Timpane, who received
permission from his Newspaper for this one-time reprint of the
beginning of the article, with link provided for it's conclusion. I am grateful to all for sharing it here.
ON A SOMBER NOTE
by John Timpane
Commentary Page Editor
400 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19101
From "Dies Irae" to "Still D.R.E.,"
we have just completed the greatest 1,000 years in the history of
human song. In the last 20 years of that millennium, the song has
been challenged - or was it endangered? - by another kind of
performance. Call it the track.
Was this a good thing? It worries me a little. And not just because I'm a fan of Joplin, Waller, Berlin, Gershwin, Ellington, Bacharach, Lennon/McCartney, Stevie Wonder and other talented songwriters of the century.
Please go HERE
for the rest of this wonderful article.
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