Claudius1964's Science Fiction Essays

The latest Science Fiction reviews of the books I have read, and various miscellaneous topics.

The Folly of Today's Music Scene.

As competitive as the music-market is, I keep expecting the old musicians to move on and let the new music generation (outside of hip-hop, rap and blues) bring their bands out on the open market. As tiring as it is to see Steve Tyler frequenting American Idol as a judge and playing a rendition of "Walk this Way" on the Country Music Awards, you might as well label him Steve "When should I retire?" Tyler. The mainstream music scene has nothing new to offer me as an avid listener of many forms of music, preferably anything alternative to what you see on tv and attempt to get a sample of on the internet. Is it any wonder why my brother decided to become a restaurant manager after frequenting NYC's CBGB's as a struggling band in the 90's, he didn't hit it the way he wished to and eventually gave-up, but it might be presumptuous of me to make my own determinations of his artistic intentions.... (he just wanted to get his music out). What I have seen in the past goes from authentic pretty-boy heavy-metal types to grunge-ridden country alternative impersonations of Nirvana, the raw talent of bands like GBV or R.E.M. are just not out there anymore, although I gave-up on R.E.M. after they became more commericalized with "Out Of Time" in 1990. There should be a rule for how far musicians go in their careers, and when to let "New Music" have its chance at Star-Dumb.  When I say new music, i mean not the type you audition for on national TV, where you are judged for your voice and the soul quality of your voice in front of a camera, but the pleading idea that you can put 4 people together, call youself a band, get a progressive following, and put your music out there.  (to be continued).

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Claudius or Claudius1964 hails from Kalamazoo, Michigan and has his BS in Computer Information Systems from Western Michigan University.

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