Hey you guys!So after a unexpected reception from a post I created today,I've decided to kinda make Church of Pop a place were I pencil in all these thoughts about music and pop culture that no one in real life cares about!YaY!First let me say thank you to everyone who read and enjoyed my rambling on Fergie and I hope that you also enjoy this piece...lets start
The days where pop music was strictly guitar driven feels like centuries ago.I feel the last artist I can remember who strummed there way to the top of the charts was John Mayer.Handsome,cool,collected,and soulful,John Mayer didn't rely on electronic driven tracks or sultry early 2000's r&b ,even though it was becoming so much of the norm in this time.Looking back now,after a viynl gold mine of grunge noise rock artist (Nirvanna,Pearl Jam,), synchronized dance routine pop divas(Madonna,Britney,Christina,Janet) and R&B Queens(Lauryn Hill ,Mariah,TLC,Destiny's Child) dominating the 90's and early 2000's,John Mayer seemed a bit....out of place.His tours consisted of a more laid back feel,less arenas and more bars.Hell sometimes even open mic nights and coffee shops were on the young performers tour stops.It set John Mayer apart from his peers and carved out a lane of his own....a lane that is now actually heavily occupied
Singer-Songwriters have occasionally experience sleeper sucuess but nothing to serious were they became,like John,a household name to soccer moms and college students.Here's a couple one hit wonders that somehow made the cut in the late 2000's
Feeling nostaglic yet?Well,I'm hardly done.We'll refer to this list of artist as the Prototype/the window.They represent the past but also show a view of the future to come to pop 10 years after there sucuess
Like all trends in music,they repeat!They come back after being laid dormant for some time.The tracks above range from 2006 up to 2009!Acient I know!Needless to say this sound was died out and replaced for the EDM take over!Songs like Tik Tok,Just Dance,California Gurls,and Like A G6 represented the new wave ,gone were the days of pretty blue eyed boys selling there tears through acoustic guitars.Even Jesse Mcartney dropped his niche to follow the Justin Timberlake blueprint and croon over 808's.Less hands and more footwork
That is....untill 2012.
2012 brought upon a odd trend in music,a genre I never thought would return from it's Woodstock grave.
Somehow through all the electronic 4 on the floor ,through the early rise of trap music that dominates pop radio today,and the cringing dubstep these artist made a print that would keep guitar driven pop still a float.Ed Sheeran is probably the most successful of this revival thus far
At the time,I didn't think that this sound would last or be around much longer.I actually felt it was over before it began.I didn't think stripped back mid-tempo ballads had any spot next to our polished divas and quick fire rappers.I see now that I was wrong...very wrong.In fact,John Mayer is one of the biggest influences on pop radio at the moment
Today the radio is over populated with mushy 4 chord tracks that are being taught to aspiring artist,one youtube video at the time.Don't Believe Me...Take a look at the hits of today,Jesse McCartney would be both proud and envious at the same time
Somehow this......reminds me of the this
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