How many times we heard a phrase: “It’s a classic”! I keep coming on the question: is it modern so bad or people are just nostalgic? Every time it brings its own customs and habits. If something is new, that doesn’t mean that it is bad. Although I have to admit that there is a change in sound. Nowadays people are more concerned about quantity than quality. The question that comes up my mind is: “Where to buy the old ones? “How to find the old records? You can find a lot of “classics” on the internet. You will be surprised how many collectors there are online. The best thing is that they are not expensive at all. After years of research I finally have a real picture about music now and then.
-Past: mainly songwriters. The real virtuosos on their instruments (mostly acoustic guitar). Also for the people who are full of life experience, the stage wasn’t for them a source for earning money, but the value and the result of their work.
-Now: It’s more about dance and appearance. Performing has become more important than having a talent. They are all very fit, trying to be young forever, which is not the point of art. The main purpose of art is to show the inside beauty that can’t get old. Inside beauty is the energy that everyone keeps deep down inside, it’s not visible but it lasts forever.
-Past: the most beautiful and appealing declarations of love: “I’m sorry I love you, “Have you really ever loved a woman”, “I drive all night to get to you”, “I want to dance with somebody” and so on.
-Now: Like Madonna said “I am material girl in a material world”. Who could guess that this song will describe our modern time? Nowadays everything is about money and material stuff. Nobody really cares about love at all.
-Past: static picture of performer with satisfying look that transmits his happiness and the fact that he is very proud of his talents and emotion that he is trying to express. Expression of the face was on the spotlight.
-Now: aggressive attitude against God knows what. Being beautiful or ugly has become very popular. It is like we have totally opposite sides with no middle at all. This is the best example of modern misbalance in the world. Everybody wants to prove something and they are prepared to do everything for that reason. Body has become more important than face and we started to perceive the humans like some kind of objects without emotion. Only physical satisfaction has become popular. There are more and more naked bodies in the videos than ever.
It is hard to be realistic when you comment or compare the music of two different periods. It is impossible to do that due to the fact that we are members of one of those two periods. Still, we have to admit that music has drastically changed in just fifty years more than it has done during the past five centuries.