By: Sunil Noronha
Thursday, March 09, 2006
Stars of the yesteryear are constantly putting out music for the world to hear despite their ageing. Usually at such an age, musicians wither and get too "old for the road". Most of these artistes are still singing actively even when they are past their sixties. Of course, they wouldn't have as much energy as when in their hayday but the charisma of their music grows with their years in the industry. It is infact a great achievement when an artiste can be of two generations. Music does evolve and older forms will die away-hence to stay active and running in this business is a struggle. When they live in a generation that they are not familiar with, they might be considered icons because their service to the industry but there wouldn't have any real patrons out there who would some to their concerts and listen to their music. Very few forms like country music really have been kept alive despite the years that have made many other styles of music "unadvanced" in comparison to the change in "music times". Bob Dylan chronicles this "Things have Changed".
People are crazy and times are strange
I'm locked in tight, I'm out of range
I used to care, but things have changed
Don't get up gentlemen, I'm only passing through
Some veterans have seemed to be very good at fighting the change in times by taking a stand to make their music their style as in the old days. A lot of the inter generation transition artistes are those who play what could be can be called more of the relaxing music. Music that doesn't necessarily get you up on your feet-music that they don't have to jump all about stage playing, the kind of music that your average metal freak would never appreciate because he is looking something that music(in the form of heavy metal) will never give him. Music has certainly gone light years ahead in the last three to four decades with additions to it with respect to complexity, emotion, technology and techniques. In light of this development, which is infact light years ahead of the old days music, the modern artists seem to forget that the individual that they are catering to is but the same souls so the formula doesn't change. It stays the same. That has been its magic through the years. That has been the secret of these crooners. They knew the formula and stuck to it.
What music is, what it's not
It'll be what it's always been
Something new comes around
When the world's state doesn't fit in
With its mood of constant well-being
When the world is riding high
With troubles no generation before could have see
And they wonder why it's all going down.