Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Kara's thoughts on British Music :)

So, I have two random topics to discuss that have to do with music.. both sharing one common theme (even though they are fairly unrelated :). They both have something to do with British music.
Thought #1-Why does the United States produce bubble gum singers (obviously I am generalizing) like Brittney Spears, Jessica Simpson, and Miley Cyrus and the UK produces cool and soulful singers like: Joss Stone, Adele, Corrine Bailey Ray, and Amy Winehouse? I love the sounds of the UK girls with the orchestras behind them. These girls have pipes. It seems to me that we have such a large focus on appearance, and although I am sure that England has the same focus to an extent, it seems like really talented girls get noticed more. Seriously, there are thousands of girls all over the country who can sing better than Miley Cyrus. Has anyone noticed this trend too? Don't get me wrong, we as a country produce some amazing singers, but it just seems a lot harder for these people to be noticed if they aren't good looking... but this also does happen in the Uk.. to be demonstrated by my next point :).

Thought #2-So, to bounce off of my last point... I need to talk about the whole Susan Boyle, Britian's got talent thing. I am sure that most of you have seen the you tube video by now. I like most other people who watched the video, got choked up, but mainly for me, I think it was because I was sad. The words of the song she sang are emotional, and I couldn't help but thinking about her life in relation to the song. With that said, it took me a while to figure out why I continued to feel bothered by the clip and all of the publicity that it has received. I first of all realized the obvious like others that looks have nothing to do with talent. I have heard many people sing beautifully in my life who weren't super models themselves. I know that everyone was rooting for Susan as an underdog, but I am the only one who feels like making such a big deal out of it like "wow, the poor ugly lady really can sing" is almost demeaning and exploiting Susan Boyle? Once the media caught on that this would make a good story, they have gone nutso.. and I even heard one news anchor say,"When will the US find our Susan Boyle?" What in the heck does that even mean? Meanwhile, the Britain's got talent judges are soaking up publicity... and I don't know... I am just bugged by it all. Susan Boyle has talent, and she certainly deserves a break, but I am just tired of her being exploited and teased. Okay, before I keep repeating myself over and over again.. I will stop. I don't know if this will make sense to any one. Oh well, I am tired :). Good night.


Jaime said...

That is very true kara, I never really thought of it in that way, I thought that she was getting so much attention, (besides that fact that she is amazing) because she was older.
And I agree with you on the music, I love british singers too!!

Amanda Nemelka said...

Agreed...about both topics, but especially Susan Boyle. It's like when people see a physically handicapped person and assume they must be stupid too. Like, "heaven forbid this person (Susan) have a voice like that and dare to look so ugly". Sad.

Niki said...

I agree with the British comment. Sex sells in our beautiful country and those women sell lots of sex and a little music. you do not see the issue with the men singers as much thats for sure.

Michelle said...

I love your taste in music. Yours is the ONLY blog that I don't automatically go to click the stop button on the playlist. :-)

Kara said...

Thanks for the comments and the compliment Michelle :).

Elisa Street de Masias said...

My dear Kara. I can't believe I haven't checked out your blog in sooo long. I miss your wise do have so much insight!