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Mediocre lyrics and mushy love songs litter the current music scene By Fareeha Qayoom

Mediocre lyrics and mushy love songs litter the current music scene

By Fareeha Qayoom

I

grew up with the sound of music (no, not the movie!). My elder siblings were all crazy about music while we were growing up – Abba, Boney M, Carpenters, Simon and Garfunkel, Sony and Cher, Donny and Marie Osmond, Bee Gees, Neil Diamond, etc. There was no internet or cable TV in my childhood so the only electronic entertainment was PTV or your basic cassette player (or your mom’s or aunts’ and uncles’ LP collection!)


Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
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By the time I entered my teens, my elder sisters and brother had graduated to the 80s music. My eldest sister liked country music, Top of the Pops, chart runners, the mushiest love songs; the second eldest introduced me to Rock, hard rock, and alternative rock, even classical music like Ravel, and Phantom of the Opera, my eldest brother liked soft rock, country music and God knows what.

I was never into genres. I basically listen to all kinds of music…be it local classic folk or Sufi music like Reshma, Abida Perveen, Tufail Niazi, Patany Khan or Great Ghazal singers like Ghulam Ali, Amanat Ali Khan, Farida Khanum or Qawali greats like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan or Aziz Mian or pop like Nazia Hussan to Strings, Ali Azmat (to filmy music local and Indian, though I don’t collect it) to International bands like U2, Queen, Pink Floyd to Sting, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan to Sinead O’ Connor to Beatles, Elvis Presley etc., I like music. I actually don’t worry about the category of music…sometimes I don’t even know if it’s jazz, or rock or pop or alternative or heavy metal or reggae (or classical music or opera or just instrumental stuff like OST of The lord of the Rings!). My only criteria for liking any particular song are the words (lyrics) or the tune in case of instrumental; if the singer (or musician/composer/song writer) has anything meaningful to say, I will listen. As a rule, I don’t like mushy songs all that much but it don’t mean I won’t listen to a love song if it’s well written. No, I can tolerate Celine Dion’s brand of love songs too if someone else is listening to her but I don’t collect her.

Begam Abida Parveen
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Yes, currently I gravitate to the 90s (and 80s) music more and more because it was the music I listened to when I was growing up, however, it doesn’t mean I am not receptive to new works, it’s just that there is no longer great music being produced just right now…unfortunately, the local cable TV runs music channels that are airing Indian filmy music which is mostly mushy stuff that I might tolerate but I won’t listen to again and again. Yes, I listen to local Rock and pop music. In fact I like it a lot. Pakistan is doing well as far as music scene is concerned. The only problem, in my opinion – The local bands and pop acts take too long between albums. As far as international music is concerned, somehow, I am not in love with their song writing skills anymore– take the top ten songs of 2009 as example – they might be catchy, you might love dancing to the beat but will you listen to them ten years from now and be able to relate except as a walk down memory lane?

Great music is universal and ageless. I wish somebody would write some great music for today. Otherwise, I might get stuck listening to old music and feel like “stuck in a moment that I can’t get out of.” It would be pity to be suffering from generation gap! 🙂


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Unfortunately, I might be able to listen to music from 30s, 40s, 50s, 60’s, 70, 80s, and 90s but it’s tough listening to some newer music acts – maybe because their issues are not mine? What do you think?

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Fareeha Qayoom
Fareeha Qayoom
Publisher and editor-in-chief of Tkfr.com and former print editions of The Knit-Xtyle Fashion Review (tkfr), a trade newsletter for the textile and apparel industry of Pakistan. In short, Publisher, editor, and a blogger. In addition, she has served as Managing Editor of MIT Technology Review Pakistan, print and web editions (2015-16). Total of 7 editions were published under her leadership by ITU, Punjab's first public technology university under the license of MIT Technology Review (USA). She has also managed Value Mag in the same capacity, a real estate and lifestyle magazine for Value TV - 2008-9. Published freelancer for The News on Sunday 1994-96. Fareeha has over 21 years of solid management experience – of managing brands (like Harley Davidson, Munsingwear, Chaps, Chaps Ralph Lauren etc.,), Retailers (like Target, Mervyns, Kohl's, Marks and Spencer etc.,), customers (VPs, Product Managers, Unit Managers, and Buyers), and products (apparel - woven, knits, men's, women's, children's, Print and online publishing units), projects, teams, and processes, information, content, and data, staff, vendors, and time. Versatile and adaptable with international exposure, communication and language skills (oral and written), and a consistent track record of achieving company targets and objectives, plus a MA in Political Science from Punjab University, a MSc in Economics from La Salle University, Louisiana, USA, and a BA in Economics from Kinnaird College for Women.

7 Comments

  1. The Top Ten Songs of 2009

    http://www.aolradioblog.com/2009/06/30/top-10-songs-of-2009-so-far/

    and

    http://www.top10songs.com/archive2009.htm

    More Read­ing?

    Archive for cat­e­gory music
    http://www.tkfr.com/?cat=30

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    The agreement will see ten projects released over the space of seven years as it’s reported that Jackson recorded three albums worth of new material.

    This deal propels Jackson’s estate to the top of the list of most expensive record deals ever, but who did he knock off the top spot? And who else has hit the jackpot with mega deals?

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/celebs/news/2010/03/17/michael-jackson-u2-take-that-and-the-biggest-deals-in-music-history-115875-22117844/

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  3. Songwriters today “pretty awful,” says Elton John

    LONDON | Tue Oct 19, 2010 7:44pm EDT

    LONDON (Reuters) – British singer Elton John described today’s songwriters as “pretty awful,” pop music as uninspiring and talent shows like “American Idol” as boring in an interview published on Tuesday.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE69I01I20101019?feedType=nl&feedName=usmorningdigest

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  4. I wish you had provided link to original photo of Begam Abida

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    Jon Bon Jovi, the American rock star, has admitted he is “bored to tears” with his life, which has led him to become overweight and to drink too much.

    By Andrew Hough 9:30PM GMT 31 Oct 2010

    The 48 year-old, whose hits include “Blaze of Glory” and “Keep the Faith”, insisted that while he was “not the fat Elvis” he was coming to “real good terms with getting older”.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/music-news/8100847/Jon-Bon-Jovi-admits-I-am-bored-to-tears-fat-and-drink-too-much.html

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  6. 10 Best Songs of 2010
    Posted by AOL Radio Staff
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    With 2010 coming to a close, we’ve finalized our list of the 10 best songs of year. Many of the singles feature guest artists, an “et-al” phenomenon that includes Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Hayley Williams and others leading the pack. But let’s not exclude Lady Antebellum, whose success from their earlier album release has carried them over into the new decade. Here are AOL Radio’s Top Pop Songs of 2010 pulled from listener ratings on our Fresh 40 station.

    http://www.aolradioblog.com/2010/02/03/best-songs-of-2010/

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  7. Top 50 songs of 2010 – by Rolling Stone magazine
    In 2010, Eminem got sober, Arcade Fire got spooked, Katy Perry flashed her hits, and Kanye sang one for jerk-offs everywhere. Read on for our obsessively curated list of the very best songs of the year.

    Written by Jon Dolan, David Fricke, Will Hermes, Melissa Maerz, Jody Rosen, Rob Sheffield and Jonah Weiner.

    http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/50-best-songs-of-2010-20101214

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