Written by Kristen Davis. Media by Madison Moran.
How often do we watch shows like American Idol (okay, let’s be honest, nobody watches that show anymore) and fall in love with musicians on the show only to forget about them a few days, months, or years later? So many people in the music industry have a “come and go” mentality. One month, they’re famous. The next month, it’s “who plays that song?” Sometimes I feel as though our generation struggles to keep the “big name” artists as recognized as they should be. Beatles fans, Eagles fans, and Journey’s fans all seemed to do something right.
We still to this day know who those bands are, can name at least two of their songs, and can sing every lyric without messing up. This previous year, Garth Brooks, one of the most well-known artists in country music, went on a world tour as a final ending to his musical career. This summer, Shania Twain has recently announced she plans to do the same thing. Do these musicians just recognize that their time is up? Do they feel as though our culture has disregarded their musical style? I guess we will never know. Will the popular artists and musicians of our generation be as well known to musicians from the 90’s? Do we value people’s talents enough in this generation as people did in the generation before us? When our generation is in their fifties and Beyonce has a worldwide tour, will we remember her and her music throughout our culture, or will we be asking her to “say her name” for us?