So we lost David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Maurice White recently (amongst others of course), but what remains are their anthologies of timeless music. Their deaths have made a lot of us re-visit those great old songs, but even without the recent losses you could hear ‘September’ daily on a holiday booking advert in the UK or any number of these artist’s tunes played on radio stations throughout the world. Their songs certainly have mileage. ‘Life On Mars’ for example was released in 1973 and ‘September’ in 1978.
All the big Earth Wind And Fire songs sound technically of their time and yet still so fresh and the production quality heard via today’s advanced tech sound systems is crisp and up there still.
The quality of the songwriting from David Bowie never really dates either, even if there are a few 1970’s production hummers in there. You don’t even have to like his style of music to acknowledge those fantastic melodies and the un-showy honesty in his singing and lyrics. These folk came from a time when it was important to be good at your craft as opposed to be good at collecting hype and followers.
Those who remember these talented cats the first time around or heard parents playing them have to remember that practically all parents say the same negative things about the music their children listen to! However, one still has to ask, does today’s music really have what it takes to be played in 40 years time?
Where are the heirs to these thrones?
I accidentally heard a Justin Bieber song the other day, having been more aware of his antics rather than his music over the past few years. I rather liked it. To be fair I can’t remember either the tune or the name right now, even though I had liked it enough to rewind a few times – which doesn’t bode well for it’s 40 year staying power perhaps?!
So School Me!
What artists from today do you think could stand the test of time?
Tell us who you think below. Chuck up a You Tube video if we need some edjamacatin’.
Or let us know if you are choking with laughter at the possibility of any artist today still being up there in 2056!!!!!!!
Of course 2016 being the weirdest of years for dying celebrities, since I drafted this post Prince has died. But the argument remains the same – if not stronger. Prince’s music has already proven it’s staying power over multiple decades and it was only his own reservations that prevented his music being heard as ubiquitously as the aformentioned. He didn’t buy into the free dispersal of his work. Of course with his death that may change.