I’ve started a new job and we listen to the radio while we work. The station we keep on because it is upbeat. At first this was exciting because I love to sing along with Shawn Hook, Bruno Mars, and Kelly Clarkson. The downside is hearing wretched Top 40 like Adele (whose voice now makes me cringe due to over-play), Katy Perry, and various other artists that drive me to drink, but not in a good way.
If you have ever listened to the radio for an approximate 6 hours a day, every day, 5 days a week, for over a month, there are certain things you will begin to notice. First of all, all female singers sound like Katy Perry. This is a shame because I despise listening to Katy Perry.
At one point of the day I complained about yet another Perry single being played. My co-worker said it was not her. I used my iPhone app to find out the truth. My colleague was right. It was not Katy Perry but someone disguised as Katy Perry, a singer named Jessie J who also looks like her.
Perry’s “Part of Me” gets played a lot. One day I took notice of the lyrics: “look at me, I’m sparkling, a firework…” and I couldn’t help but notice the similarity to the actual song she has called “Firework”. I despise that song too. Can lyrics get any more cliché and simple?
The most evil part of the radio is the way it can make you sing along with lyrics you hate. It’s like watching Jersey Shore, The Hills, or Paris Hilton reality TV. You end up speaking like a twit because you are listening to dumbed down language and conversations. This will eventually get in your head and affect the way you speak, much like the radio making you sing along with awful lyrics. There is a conspiracy with record companies and radio stations. They play specific songs so often they will forever be etched in your brain. This could very well make you crazy.
The point to all of my complaining is to ask you again to support local artists and bands. Read Vandala. We support independent music that is not over- played and controlled by corporations. Some mainstream music is good. I love some myself. If you too love music, make an effort to support the artists you believe in that are independent and struggling to get heard. As I’ve revealed, the big name, major label artists, are getting heard more than enough.
- Deeanna Danger -
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