It’s funny what simple, accidental things can trigger a thought (or a blog post). I was sitting in the living room and heard a song being played on my wife’s computer in the next room. The song was “How Great Thou Art” by Alan Jackson and I couldn’t make out the words but recognized the melody instantly.
This triggered the thought, “What ever happened to melodies?” Back a few years, country songs, rock songs, easy listening… (I guess you get the drift) all had melodies you could hum. You’d hear a few notes or even a distinctive introduction and know instantly the song and the artist – like this Hank Williams song (Your Cheatin’ Heart)
Try that with any of the songs on CMT these days. Even if you can identify a line or 2, they seem to have forgotten how to write a concise, distinctive melody. Most of what I hear these days are rambling stream-of-semi-consciousness with no “hooks” (remember hooks? Check out my previous blog). Most of the artists, male or female, sound basically the same.
To sum up, I think of a line from a character in a book (Rude Behavior by Dan Jenkins – check it out)… “If it doesn’t have a melody, why is it a song?”
Think about it.