We’ve come to accept that the music industry treats our ear canals as their own personal toilet. Talent doesn’t come into question, nowadays, when signing an aspiring musician, all that is necessary is striking good looks in order to convince the easily manipulated amongst you that this hot new popstar actually wants to make love to your face…but only if you buy their CD. (I’m not thinking of anybody in particular whilst making such disparaging remarks, Justin Bieber) but to whomever may fit this category I’m about to school you on a true living legend, a musical behemoth, an insatiable lovemachine (just a guess but I mean, come on, nearly every one of his songs is about a different woman). That man is Neil Diamond.
First of all, how many musicians can you think of that have had a career that spans over 5(!!!) decades? Not many. He has been selling records for 50 years. Let me put that into perspective for you. Thats a bloody long time. To all you 49 year olds out there it’s more than likely that your parents had been made aware of a hip new act on the music scene, listened to his songs, were overcome by the aura of sexuality he exudes, made beautiful love and, lo, your conception!
Secondly, the man has sold a shit load of records. More than 115 million worldwide. Let me also put this into perspective. You would need AT LEAST 11.5 million pairs of hands to count how many records he has sold throughout his career. All this through picking up a guitar and doing what he loves doing. No background effects, no auto-tuning, just him and his guitar.
It depresses me that people are so easily conned into buying albums from the likes of Bieber or the Jonas Brothers, despite such an obvious lack of talent. Whereas, tell a person to listen to Neil Diamond and 9 times out of 10 they look at you like you are mad for considering it, just dismissing half a bloody century of music making, just because he doesn’t where hipsters or change his hair every week or simply because he is an old man.
We live in a world full of songs with such banal subject matter being forced upon us. I recall one girl sang about the day of the week for a few minutes and became an internet sensation. Rihanna, one of the most famous artists in the world, has released songs about an umbrella and a bed. Gone are the days where songs about blue jeans are just not considered to be saleable. *sigh*
Anyways, I’m all for being schooled in good music too so let’s consider this a culture swap. I’ll take suggestions too. (Just no Bieber, Jonas Brothers etc etc.)