Is it Good Music

Tell me how you rate musician or a singer. This is the same question as which song is good and which one not as much. Who decides and based on what criteria.

Binaca Geet Mala

Amin SayaniI specifically liked the Amin Sayani’s Binaca Geet Mala in the 50s and 60s, as a great methodology for rating the film songs, based on number of letters received from the listeners and the sale of records. He must be credited for making it look so authentic, and doing all those calculations manually.  And he did arrive at some great decisions and conclusions for declaring the best song of the year. He also manifested a methodology of establishing trends about songs going up and down the ladder, from week to week. I think he gave it up because interference from producers started,

We are must better equipped these days, to do a similar thing with internet. Opinion polls are available on our finger tips by touch or by click. I hope to start one day such a platform for making an assessment of songs, will you all participate? But are we ready ?

Who is good and who is not

I know only about Chandigarh and Gurgaon, but I guess it is the same story in other cities.

A mediocre singer flourishes because of godfathers in the media or in social circles, or because he is rich enough to portray him or herself. In a concert, he or she gets a secondary treatment. The irony is that both the great and an average singer get the same volume of applause from the present audience. Not because the audience is being generous, but because the audience is scantily equipped for judgement.

Doesn’t everyone in the audience claim to be a singer himself, at least an average one? Is it not that individuals who know nothing about notes venture to present a full song with pride. Is it not that many singers are carried away by the beat in their mind and they go out of step with the beat being played.

And the worst is when people recommend songs that they somehow like, to the others, even when the song is irritating and useless. And if you happen to be present in a friend’s house who insists on playing the music of his choice, and insists much more that you listen to it with apt attention as if he is a connoisseur of music. And you are doomed if you are living in their house for a few days.

Facebook Posts versus Playlists

And now I must turn to the posts on Facebook of songs that are otherwise available on the you-tube. While some of our friends post great songs, great not because they or you like them, but great because they were popular on Bianca Geet Mala or otherwise, there are others who flood the Facebook with posts that is utter garbage.

The discoverers and promoters of failed, unpopular and forgotten songs, which they grade as rare, must appreciate that those songs failed because they were not liked by people. If people in the past disliked them, then today’s world, which is in a hurry, will never spend time on those. You as the posting individual will at the least spoil your own image, instead of building your popularity as you actually desire.

So why do you perpetually propagate the torture of making others listen to these unworthy songs. Why don’t you instead prepare a playlist and leave it for us to judge whether we must use your playlist or make our own. Why don’t you give others a chance to make you listen to something that is worthwhile from global standards rather than your obscure interpretations?

To prove my paradox, here is a collection of playlists that I think is the best, but 75 percent of you will reject these as the worst ..

Talat Mehmood – Popularity in our times

Andre Rieu of Norway – Modern yet Classic

Help the artists flourish

When artists do not get adequately compensated, is there an option for them other than being mediocre. When pirated music is available on the you-tube, what is the motivation for a singer to record his own work and not even recover what he or she invested.

Give them the feedback so that they can improve rather than saying “You were great, you are the best etc”. If you think that your assessment is acceptable, then at least give it a second thought. Appreciate an artist based on some guidelines of melody, rhythm, harmony, timbre, volume, scale on which he or she sings, and his or her performance as a performing artist.

The trend of praising and liking everything posted on Facebook must stop. We must not make our virtual world more misty and vague.

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