Your Take: Mediocrity No More
Along with its usual basketball and St. Patrick’s Day calamity, the biggest madness March has seen so far stems from an autotuned song about the weekend. Virtually unknown until a week ago, Rebecca Black had dominated YouTube, Facebook and Twitter conversations with her song and video “Friday”:
Music blogger Bob Lefsetz used Black as an example of how the music industry has changed, listing out 23 lessons from the Black explosion. Here is one of the most interesting:
19. Either go for train-wreck value or be exceptionally good. Yes, if you’re an “artist”, mediocre doesn’t cut it. The landscape is evanescent lowest common denominator crap or incredible art. In other words, if you’re not going to be the next Bob Dylan or Radiohead, stay in school.
What do you think of Lefsetz’s statements? In today’s digital age, is there room for mediocrity? Do you think his statement applies to country music? In country music’s history, has there been an equivalent to Rebecca Black?
- bob: Thanks Barry. Just reserved the Adam Gussow book. Sounds interesting.
- Barry Mazor: It may be over-stated, in arriving at practically a single explanation of everything, but Adam Gussow's book on lynching and …
- Leeann: Wow! Heavy topic and horrifying indeed! "Beer for My Horses" was all fun and games until that reference, I'll have …
- Barry Mazor: Everything else aside, the way that reporter fills us in, with must-have, pointless generational snark included, about who this "Little …
- luckyoldsun: "The Night The Lights Went Out in Georgia" seems to be about a lynching--even if there's something about a judge …
- Arlene: Sorry. I meant to give the link for "Supper Time." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZ58Kfe41kI
- Arlene: Another song sung by Ethel Waters: Irving Berlin's "Supper Time"
- bob: Powerful songs. I read the book "A Lynching in the Heartland" by James H. Madison about a dozen years ago. …
- Ron: Sky Above, Mud Below by Tom Russell is another.
- Jack Williams: Another Othis Taylor song from White African is "My Soul's in Louisiana."