Criticism in the Music Industry!

“Music, when combined with a pleasurable idea, is poetry; music, without the idea, is simply music; the idea, without the music, is prose, from its very definiteness.”

Edgar Allen Poe


I have always been curious as to what goes on in the music industry and how a band or artist writes their songs based on their emotions. What I love about that is how much work and effort they put into writing just one song and show it to the world, so that others out there can take a listen and see what it was like in their shoes going through this process. I, for one am a huge creative person, and now that I am an aspiring musician, I have carefully been listening to music that I love and critiquing it and pinpoint out what the artist felt in his/her time while making it and putting my own spin on it.

I would never copy what someone else has done but it’s always great to hear feedback from others on their own work to get inspired. I am fortunate to have a few musical inspirations in my life who have helped me get out of my shy bubble I’ve always been in and start living the life I want to live and inspire others in the future. They are Adam Gontier, formerly of Three Days Grace and now Saint Asonia, and Amy Lee of Evanescence. They each have done something to me that has changed my ideas in my life to make something better of myself and get noticed in the public eye.

One thing about the music industry that has stuck a chord with me is criticism. It’s great to give out your opinion(s) on the song(s) or album the artist releases, but in all fairness, the artist/band has worked their asses off to take years to make one album, changing every little detail on something that didn’t feel right the first time they recorded it in studios, could have been because they were sick, not in the mood, having a bad day about something that bothered or affected them, and then once the happiness kicks in, you know damn well that the next take will be worth every penny. Harsh music criticism has a way to toy with musicians emotions and makes them wonder if they did a great job the first time around, or is it too late once their albums have been released to do a “do-over”. They give it 110% and know that once all their songs have been finished and the manager is satisfied with it, they will release it.

The way I see music is you either love it or hate it. Everyone is entitled to what makes them feel different emotions, but at the end of the day, music soothes the savage beast. In some ways, we all associate our every day lives with music. As much as we want to deny it, it runs through our veins and bloodstream. You don’t have to be extremely creative, but, in a way, you can go to a concert and either have your moneys worth and tell others it was amazing and should recommend seeing the band/artist, or say it was awful and unfortunately can’t get your money back but give negative feedback.

I know that through my entire life, I have NEVER been disappointed from any concert and/or musician I have seen and been in physical contact with them through meet&greets and say that it was a terrible experience and never want to see or hear them again. I am my worst critic but have never revealed what I think of the song or album the artist has done, because not only am I being unfair to them, but to myself for trying to force myself to enjoy it. I dislike critics who think they know every single thing about an artists life and say mean things about how they can do certain things the way they want and manipulate and dissect their brains, but try being in the artists shoes for once and see what goes on their daily lives.

Artists are just like everyday people, yes they make more money than others, they get to travel the world like everyone else, and they have same chores as regular people, but it’s not what counts. What counts is that they have 2 separate lives to withhold. They leave their “normal” minds while touring for months, and once they wrap that up and go back home, it’s like they forget what they did when they had a “life back home”.

To end this criticism blog, I will leave all you non-musicians with one thing to think about. If you were the artist and had been hassled with constructive criticism by the media, how would you handle it?