Listen industry, we need to have a talk…

Today, I’d say true talent is ignored.

In fact, I would go so far to say that true talent is shunned from the mainstream music community. It seems that talent bar in the music industry has been lowered significantly ever since the introduction of electronic synthesisers, shallow lyrics, form-over-function artists and talentless, pretentious artists.

About 6 years ago, you may have heard talent on the radio or internet. Nowadays, it seems that over produced songs and oblivious, ignorant children are stuck in a circular perpetuation between money and terribly over produced music. The average ‘popular’ artist of today is most likely between the age of 12 and 20, has little to no music knowledge and has an attitude so pretentious it makes  and scene kids look like philosophy students. The songs of said artist would contain around 3-4 chord changes, about 1 time signature change, shallow and repetitive lyrics and mediocre, overproduced singing.

Let’s go back to about 6 years ago, and focus on a particular band that was the exact opposite of these pop artist pre-requisites. That’s right friends, let’s focus on Dream Theater. 

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Dream Theater is an American progressive metal/rock band formed in 1985 formerly known as Majesty, named by guitar virtuoso John Petrucci alongside legendary bassist John Myung and acclaimed drummer Mike Portnoy while they attended the Berklee College of Music in Massachusetts.

Now that we’ve been acquainted, I’d like to introduce you to another artist, one who is the epitome of pop standards. You know who I mean…
Justin Bieber.

For the sake of you viewers, I’m going to spare posting an image of him.

Justin Bieber is a Canadian pop musician, and has, so far in his career, set the standards for terrible music. Hated by many, Justin came about in 2008 when an American talent agent came across his videos on YouTube and decided that Justin should be the one to demolish the music industry.

If we could, just compare two songs created in the same year by both Dream Theater and Justin Bieber, Dream Theater’s song contestant being ‘Ministry of Lost Souls’, and Justin’s song contestant being ‘Baby’.

Let’s have fun, shall we?

Time length

Ministry of Lost Souls: 14:57

Baby: 3:36

Chord changes

Ministry of Lost Souls: 23

Baby: None

Amount of instruments

Ministry of Lost Souls: 8 (Not including choir or back-up singers)

Baby: 3 (including edited in instruments)

Lyrics

Ministry of Lost Souls:

“The water’s edge is where she waits
Lost souls still wandering
Meant to die
But she’s stuck not crossing over

The other side is where he waits
His spirit reaching out
Meant to save
But she’s too scared to take his hand

Living in a world without you
Drowning in the past
Is living in no world at all
So now I call on you

Remember me? I gave you life
You would not take it
Your suffering was all in vain, it’s almost over now
Don’t turn your back on paradise

Feeling scared, she’s prepared
To give up everything
She can’t stand to feel
Like half of her is fading

He will choose the only way
To rid her of her pain
Take her soul now
The decision has been made

Living in a world without love
A burden to my soul
Is living in a worthless world
So I will call on you

Remember me? I gave you life
You would not take it
Your suffering was all in vain
It’s almost over

Remember me? You were so young
How could I tell you?
Remember me? I am the one
Who saved your life that night

I was the one who would not abandon you
Even in death I was the one who would not leave you
I used my freedom to protect you
And all the while direct you

Do you remember me this time?
Even in death I gave you life, I gave you life

Wanted to deserve a place
A place beside you
This time when I reached out my hands
It reached all the way to heaven

Remember me? I gave you life
You would not take it
Your suffering was all in vain
It’s almost over now, goodbye
It’s almost over now, goodbye

It’s time
I release you from this life
Don’t turn your back on paradise.”

Baby:

Oh Whoa
Oh Whoa
Oh Whoa

You know you love me, I know you care
Just shout whenever, and I’ll be there
You are my love, you are my heart
And we will never, ever , ever be apart

Are we an item? Girl, quit playing
“Were just friends,” what are you saying
Said “there’s another,” and looked right in my eyes
My first love broke my heart for the first time

And I was like baby, baby, baby, oh
Like baby, baby, baby, oh
Like baby, baby, baby, oh
I thought you’d always be mine, mine

Baby, baby, baby, oh
Like baby, baby, baby, no
Like baby, baby, baby, oh
I thought you’d always be mine, mine

For you, I would have done whatever
And I just can’t believe we aren’t together
And I want to play it cool, but I’m losing you
I’ll buy you anything, I’ll buy you diamond ring

And I’m in pieces, baby fix me
And just shake me till you wake me from this bad dream
I’m going down, down, down, down
And I just can’t believe my first love won’t be around

And I’m like baby, baby, baby, oh
Like baby, baby, baby, no
Like baby, baby, baby, oh
I thought you’d always be mine, mine

Baby, baby, baby, oh
Like baby, baby, baby, no
Like baby, baby, baby, oh
I thought you’d always be mine, mine

When I was 13, I had my first love
There was nobody that compared to my baby
And nobody came between us who could ever come above
She had me going crazy, oh I was starstruck
She woke me up daily, don’t need no Starbucks

She made my heart pound
I skip a beat when I see her in the street
And at school on the playground
But I really want to see her on the weekend
She knows she got me dazing ’cause she was so amazing
And now my heart is breaking but I just keep on saying

Baby, baby, baby, oh
Like baby, baby, baby, no
Like baby, baby, baby, oh
I thought you’d always be mine, mine

Baby, baby, baby, oh
Like baby, baby, baby, no
Like baby, baby, baby, oh
I thought you’d always be mine, mine

I’m all gone
(Yeah, yeah, yeah)
(Yeah, yeah, yeah)
Now I’m all gone
(Yeah, yeah, yeah)
(Yeah, yeah, yeah)
Now I’m all gone
(Yeah, yeah, yeah)
(Yeah, yeah, yeah)
Now I’m all gone, gone, gone, gone
I’m gone.”

By now, you’ve come to the conclusion of which song is better, right?
Clearly it’s Dream Theater’s one, right?

I guess the public had a different idea, since the official ‘Baby’ by Justin Bieber has 800 million views on YouTube, whereas ‘Ministry of Lost Souls’ has a total of 100 views on the exact same site.

The industry and the mindless fan-girls have become a terrible infection.
I rest my case.

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