GhostTunes is another one of Garth Brooks’ babies and I am a little excited. According to Garth Brooks, GhostTunes will put music on the site per their preferences and not how the company dictates. For example, the artist can opt to just put the entire album on GhostTunes for sale, or can put each song for purchase. It doesn’t have to be both. Why am I excited by this concept? Because albums used to mean something, and sometimes you didn’t get the meaning of them right away. Many of John Mellencamps’ albums were straight forward and you “got them” quickly, but sometimes not instantly. Even today I am still discovering things about Pink Floyd’s The Wall and it has been around for a several years. Even metal used to have a meaning, but it let itself slip deeper and deeper into the darkness and anger until I finally turned away from the genre. Rock music has had its ups and downs since it has been around, but there were unifying themes in some albums you grasped quickly and others you didn’t. About the only genre keeping the feel for what “an album” meant has been Country and New Country.
Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Brooks and Dunn, Brad Paisley, Garth Brooks, Trace Adkins and a host of other artists in this genre still practice the concept of a unified theme. Sometimes it is life in general with ups and downs; sometimes it is about partying and enjoying the time you have and looking forward to the future; sometimes it is looking back on the past and seeing how it has affected our current “future”. Loss, love, gain, glory, pride – these things still matter in these two genres when it has steadily dropped from others.
I, for one, am thrilled Body Count is back. The album and songs say something. On “Talk Shit, Get Shot”, if you listen on the surface you hear a song about a tough guy warning you that if you talk about him you’re going to be shot. If you listen to the song in the context of the album you hear warnings to the youth of today and people in general about what is considered “strong” and “tough” by today’s standards in comparison to what is genuine. It has been a while since people were shaken up in the music industry because people, especially in America it sees, have become complacent about right and good, good and bad, acceptable and unacceptable, etc.
Looking over the artists and albums listed on GhostTunes, many artists have a mixture of tracks and/or the album itself. Some have chosen the album only. True, you don’t know what you are getting when you buy an album, but you should have some trust in the artist to put good things in there. Some artists look on albums as just throwing a collection of unrelated songs into it and offering each song individually so they can see which tracks sell the most and then they can go ahead with making another album that has songs in it along the same themes, etc. Once again they are looking for the money-maker instead of good quality music.
Come on, be honest, we are fans and we will buy the albums; however, with times and money they way they are we fans can’t shell out the dough for crap. For an artist to have a Greatest Hits album/CD as their junior record should be because a) their stuff is awesome and nearly every song they have ever done was wonderful and memorable; or b) this is the album they should have put on in the first place.
Yeah, I guess I am just a little jaded when it comes to music because I don’t just listen to music for entertainment, it helps e escape.