Why Music Has Lost it’s Charms (Article)

I found this article while surfing the web tonight. If it’s already been posted I apologize.



I’m almost 71, I don’t like jazz and am not much into classical, so I am proud to have listened to just junk and have no idea what good music is!! 🤣🤣🤣

The fact that we are free to listen to anything, dont implicate that our own "taste" rule...

You dont know what music is ,then why attacking simple elementary fact:

Admit that you have no idea of what music really is...

How can you?

i myself appreciate and like ALL music on earth, with the exception of "commercial" music ....It is not my "taste" here, it is my musical education which rule...

Dont promote your "taste" to be knowledge... You dont know anything, being proud of it, dont make it right and will never did....

Then if an old man say that if people dont appreciate jazz nor classical, nor any cultural classical music of any countries, save "commercially" produced music, they dont know what music is, this old man is not a diplomat for sure,😊 but he is right....



The wonderful documentary, “Heart’s of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse” features recorded conversations of Francis Ford Coppola with his wife, Eleanor.  These conversations feature Mr. Coppola expressing enormous anxiety about whether he is making a “sh***y, pompous, bad movie.”  He had assets, set pieces, clout, bankable stars, plenty of stuff that could have caused him to be content, rest on his laurels, and get away with an unscrupulous attention to detail, emotional resonance, truthful social commentary and truthful examination of human nature.

He didn’t.  These concerns drive him to the brink of madness because he cared about them deeply.  

I think we can recognize when artists care in this way, and when they do not.



I've seen that documentary a couple of times and it's certainly well put together.

Nevertheless, wasn't there an awful lot of frantic improvisation and rewriting required after Marlon Brando turned up in an unexpected physical condition?

When you also consider that Martin Sheen suffered a minor heart attack during the making of Apocalypse Now, there's no doubting the seriousness of its director's intentions.

The fact that Coppola somehow made it all work out and still pull in a healthy profit just shows the unpredictable power of art that can sometimes transcend the intentions of its creator.


The real trick facing all artists, whatever their medium, is how to create something of artistic merit that also succeeds commercially.

Remember the old 10cc line?

"Art for arts sake

Money for Gods sake"


I believe some of us certainly can distinguish between a sincere artistic effort and a purely calculating commercial one.

Unfortunately, for us at least, it seems as if far too many people cynically opt for the second part.


Either way, whichever one is more important to the creator will be difficult enough to achieve alone.

To succeed at both is quite something else.

@jim5559 ”Unless they listen to Jazz or Classical (capitol letters, huh? Interesting…) people under 70 listen to junk and have no idea what good music is.”

Where to begin with a statement like this. Ay yi yi…

Returning to present streaming business model, and my statement "nothing inherently wrong with it".


Streaming business model could be many things, supply and demand are but one imposition on it, another important component would be artists leverage. In society where masses value artists highly, artists could pursue association, backed by masses, and demand higher remuneration. This leverage would be in the form of threatened or actively pursued strike by artists and/or boycotts by consumers. As things stand, owners of streaming services hold all the cards, and if not them record companies, distributors, etc.


Artists supply the content, based on how money presently distributed, you'd think many artists don't exist, like giving away one's labor for free while others profit. True upside down world! Value I receive from music is far more than my costs, and I give to my local student and university radio stations, and attend live concerts. I doubt physical media going to be future of music distribution, streaming business models will only change for betterment of artists if society values them more highly.


There is so much music available to us today. As music lovers, we are very fortunate to be alive at this particular point in time.