Lasting legacy

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There was a time when I thought that the legacy of the golden age of the record business (the 1960s through till the mid 1980s in my humble opinion) was going to occupy a space of lasting value in the history of music making. Now, I’m not so sure. A lot of the popular music from that time now seems to be just as evocative of a bygone era as the music of say, the 1920s.

Creating music (or any art) that is built to stand outside of time is an interesting challenge for anyone to deal with. Some folks would say “Why even bother? Ain’t nothing going on but the rent.”

But then one gets to see or hear works that have been created with that scale of ambition and when they are successful, we experience feelings and thoughts of awe and wonderment. Some popular music from the golden age fits into this category, especially the best efforts of Motown and The Beatles (again, this is a personal opinion).

It is possible that my imagination is over-saturated with arts experiences, but there doesn’t seem to be much magic in the air nowadays. The artists of today are not less talented than those of before. Perhaps there is an issue with the ethos of the arts in this era.

Striking a balance between making an impact in the present and creating works that will stand the test of time is a matter for artists to consider. The gatekeepers are more interested in balancing the financial records from year to year.