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Friday, November 12, 2010

MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DO


Here we go again. I must apologize if this post/rant offends anyone. That is not the intent but inevitably that will be the result. So apologies in advance.

As always, there's the occasional moronic piece in the Straits Times where a writer obvious ignorant about music will comment about the music scene in Singapore. 

According to the Life article today, there are too many inferior cover bands and this is annoying the hell out of pub, club and bar patrons. Seems this is the result of the owners of these fine establishments deciding to provide live music to its patrons as apparently, this is the current popular "trend". 

That's the whole problem with Singaporean business owners in general - positively bandwagonesque. Not only that but they will hack the bandwagon to pieces in an effort to make a lazy quick buck. All's fair when it comes to making money in Singapore.

So obviously, with the sudden increase in the demand for cover bands, the quality is sure to suffer, right? Basically, as long as these cover bands play the cover songs perfectly, everything will be peachy keen with our music scene right?

WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

All this means is that we are a country of copycats with no creativity and originality - is that acceptable? Do you think a band like the Flaming Lips can come out of a music scene of copycats? Or are we not interested to develop a band as creative as the Flaming Lips? I guess not. 

So to all those people complaining about inferior cover bands - YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW! Your unreasonable demands for cover songs has resulted in this state of affairs. So shut up and don't complain!  Your uncultured mindset has marginalized the artists amongst us and elevated the copycats - people who just want to give YOU what YOU want.

I will never apologize for being an artist, for writing my own songs and singing them as well. If that's not what you want from me then don't listen to me. If you don't want to recognize me as such, then that's your problem not mine. The ONLY way forward for the music scene in Singapore is in the development of SONGWRITERS. If not then, we will be forever doomed to be a nation of copycats. 

And that's purely up to YOU.



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