The other day, I read Justin Bieber took artist of the year at the American Music Awards. I almost cried. In all honesty–and this is nothing against Justin Bieber as a person–he is not a great musician.
As a singer/songwriter/musician, I have a great deal of respect for the artists who write their own songs and produce their albums. Artistry in music comes from being able to put down the things we all feel but can’t seem to say correctly. Music becomes the medium through which we understand the thoughts and emotions bouncing around in our brains and hearts.
So, when I see musicians who are singing songs which a) have no substance and b) do not take a lot of skill to produce, I get really frustrated that these songs become top hits. It’s not because I don’t like the artist (I actually don’t know if I like them having never met them); I just don’t consider them musical artists.
The amount of vocal talent in the world is undeniably and unbelievably amazing.
It’s a shame that such talent gets wasted on lyrics that mean nothing.
So back to Justin Bieber. I will say this: the kid is an entertainer and he has some very cool dance moves. But while his music is catchy, his lyrics are mediocre at best. Yes, I realize he is young and trying to find his way in a very complicated and confusing business. But I think it says something about him as a person that he is content with settling for these types of songs.
I’ll admit-maybe I’m looking at this too deeply and five years from now Bieber will be a well developed artist.
But he’s got a long way to go to get there