If You Were the Czar of Music

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by drmilktruck, Oct 25, 2021.

  1. stevo

    stevo Friend of Fred

    May 1, 2012
    No Billy Joel can be played.

    But most of all, talented musicians will not be allowed to die young - whatever the reason.
  2. MrWookiee

    MrWookiee Country Gent

    Jun 17, 2020
    SoCal, USA
    I loved Billy's work with his original line-up. After he got ripped off and fired everyone his music changed for the worse, though he still did some good stuff. I feel bad for the guy, though.
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  3. new6659

    new6659 Country Gent

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  4. Floo

    Floo Country Gent

    Dec 16, 2012
    Elmshorn, Germany
    Banning Autotune would be the best thing to do, that would save us from a lot of Pop Music. Not even teenagers want to hear some of those "singers" permanently singing out of tune.
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  5. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    All early school students should be encouraged to take up a musical instrument at school. Any child identified as having talent should be mentored and aided to progress, using much the same process as finding and building budding sports stars and athletes.
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  6. dlew919

    dlew919 Country Gent

    Jul 18, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    No hubris or arrogance. Knowledge is to be shared. Great players should play with beginners every week. Music is a meritocracy. No smelly body parts people.

    fair pay for fair work.
  7. stiv

    stiv Country Gent

    Sep 12, 2014
    Firenze, Italy
    I would ban the Czars. :)
  8. Redliner

    Redliner Electromatic

    May 7, 2011
    Fleetwood, PA
    Try being the bus driver on the day they got them. I finally told them next time I hear one, it goes up on the dash. Bad when the other kids are complaining to you about the noise. Fun times indeed.
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  9. MentalTossFlycoon

    MentalTossFlycoon Gretschie

    Dec 22, 2018
    My second edict:

    Any person putting a LP record on a turntable, turning up the volume, and sawing the record back and forth would be defined as a non-musician and banned from signing any recording contract.

    I hereby declare my self King Mental I.
  10. stevo

    stevo Friend of Fred

    May 1, 2012
    I think ending Auto Tune would mean that artists with actual talent get promoted rather than the ones with only good looks.
  11. thunder58

    thunder58 Super Moderator Staff Member

    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
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    An outstanding idea ;)
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  12. Floo

    Floo Country Gent

    Dec 16, 2012
    Elmshorn, Germany
    Exactly. In a perfect world...
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  13. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
    I would finance free musical education for every kid in my empire that is intersted in making music.
    (I remember being very sad as a 14-year-old because my parents were not able to pay piano-lessons for both, me and my brother. So after 9 years of happy piano lessons I had to make way for my little brother.)

    It would be very nice if kids would be taught in school that there are many, many wonderful styles of music. Classic European music is taught everywhere but I am missing all that contemporary styls and foreign culture`s music that is highly enjoyable, too.
    In my time at school they managed to make classical music a hyper-theoretical and non-fun subject by making us read full-scores and analyze everything to death. All other kinds of music were considered to be not worth to be a subject in school. Both facts were a shame.
    But I would change that completely if I were Czar.
  14. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
    You can always turn down the volume while watching Miley Cyrus riding that wrecking-ball!
  15. afire

    afire Country Gent

    To be fair, Auto-Tune hardly ushered in the practice of putting good looks and charisma ahead of talent. I would say that for as long as there's been a music "industry", that has been the case. Had the Beatles been four fat guys from Uzbekistan, I don't think they'd have gotten very far.

    My gripe with Auto-Tune (aside from it being used as an effect) is the removal of imperfections and idiosyncrasies that sometimes give life and energy to music, IMO. That said, I would wager that if the technology had been developed 50 or 60 years ago, it would have been embraced (or overused) just as enthusiastically then as it is now. But thankfully, that didn't happen. If it had, then we would all be lusting after 150 lb. all-tube vintage Auto-Tune units selling for tens of thousands of dollars.
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  16. stevo

    stevo Friend of Fred

    May 1, 2012
    I think it would certainly put a dent in things but you are right. It's not really an either or, but valuing talent above looks would be nice to see.
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  17. ramjac

    ramjac Synchromatic

    Aug 14, 2011
    My answer is still MORE COWBELL.
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  18. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck I Bleed Orange

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    Here the they are, the Fat Five, direct from Tashkent:


    Sunnat, Timor, Umid, Zurif and Ringo!

    Singing all your favorites:

    Qo'lingni Ushlamoqchiman

    U Sizni Sevadi

    Sariq Suv Osti Kemasi

    Sehrli Sirli Sayohat
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2021
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  19. NJDevil

    NJDevil Country Gent

    Jul 9, 2014
    Commack, NY
    Mandate that music history, with samples to match the lessons, would be woven within all history classes from grade school thru high school. It'd be used as a great cultural side dish to compliment the main course of the lesson.
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  20. afire

    afire Country Gent

    Oh boy. Zurif probably feels pretty okay about himself with the company he's keeping.
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