Sunday, July 29, 2007

you didn't write that

So it should come as no surprise that the majority of today's pop artists or one-hit-wonders are less than great at writing their own music. But now you won't know who sat down and thought it out, or who took money made by acting in poorly made teen-films, money used to stuff coke up one's nose or put designer brands on ones back, money used for the last-minute limo to stumble into a studio, hungover and strungout, to buy someone else's song and say they wrote it.

Apparently, music-artists look better to the public if they say they write their own songs. So even if you have no talent, you can still *pay* for talent, which is one of the fundamental flaws of today's music industry. P. Diddy was quoted as saying, "Don't worry if I write rhymes, I write checks!"

I guess the thing that really gets to me is the arguments that happen over this. I read about Avril Lavigne fighting to keep some kind of artistic integrity intact and, I'm sorry, it's laughable to me. How can you write a song and spell the title of it incorrectly and still claim some sort of musical integrity? A famed songwriter for many artists, Chantal Kreviazuk, accused Avril of not giving her credit in her newest album and Lavigne's people are defending her. There's big drama connected to this argument and questions of ethics are coming into play.

Everyone has lost sight of the actual point: there *are* no ethics when people like Avril Lavigne can make the money she makes off of the low-quality music that comes out of her studio. That goes for too many of today's artists. So why are people scrambling to take credit for what is destroying music?

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