Monthly Archives: June 2013

Today’s music is crap

I am appalled by today’s music scene. “I don’t care, I love it!”. I have heard this song so many times lately and I even looked up the lyrics. It makes no sense. The tune is kind of catchy but at its core, it’s empty and shallow. Just like that song “I know it’s crazy but here’s my number. Call me maybe”. And the same tune is repeated over and over. I think this song is going to last a few months and in these few months, the artists will have become millionaires, sold a few million records and the song will eventually fade into oblivion. As a listener, I got entertained for a few days but it did not really “touch my soul” with its music or lyrics. And these are the artists that are getting insanely rewarded today. On the other hand, there are many artists out there who have been playing gigs for the last five or six years and still struggling to make ends meet. Many of these struggling artists are creating good music but no one is paying any attention. It looks like either the market for good music is diminishing or it’s getting extremely hard for these struggling artists to be successful because all the crappy music is dominating radio and television.

I have also been noticing lately that many of today’s songs are targeting young people and talking about partying and just having fun. All of them are molded into dance music to make it more salable. I guess dance music is selling right now. It’s ok to make this kind of music but it should not be the dominating genre. Good music should make an impression on the listener that lasts a lifetime. It should evoke deep emotions and really “talk” to you. There are many good songs from the 70’s and 80’s that are still relevant today. They never get old because they talk about human suffering and emotions. They talk about the real stuff. They focused on their emotions instead of trying to make music that sells. Can you imagine Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of The Moon selling like hot cakes today? Not likely. It’s a great album because Pink Floyd did not care if it’s going to be liked by the masses or if it actually makes tons of money. Maybe they did care about the money part a little bit, but they still stayed true to their inner feelings and emotions. It’s a depressing album, but still a masterpiece, and I can’t imagine today’s generation falling in love with it if they heard it on the radio, if it even made it to the radio in the first place.

So, what does it all mean? I feel sorry for today’s young generation. They are being fed high fructose corn syrup by the media companies. Please turn off your radio and TV. Don’t let them mold your mind. It’s more profitable to them that way. It’s like watching PBS documentaries versus some reality show on television. The reality show will provide you short term entertainment but watching PBS will broaden your horizon and give you new perspective.

How to Critique a Song

I have always wondered if song critiquing actually provides any value to the musician to improve their music. I have come to a conclusion that they work if they are done right. There are several scenarios where I feel it does not add any value at all. I used to critique songs in back in the days and I never liked how reviews were done in that site.

I would like to go over some of the scenarios that I feel should be avoided while critiquing a song:

1. Reviewer is not a musician.

If the reviewer is not a musician and they have not created any music themselves, they are not in a position to review a song. They might be able to rate the song 4/5 but they might not know enough about songwriting and recording techniques to really give advice. Therefore, these people should not be forced to write “reviews” on the song. Writing reviews should be optional.

2. Reviews are written lazily.

If it’s mandatory to write at least a couple of sentences for each song, the reviewer is forced to write a review even though they don’t really like the song. And the reviewer will lazily write up a review. For this kind of scenario, writing a review should be optional. Usually, if a song grabs your attention, then you naturally want to write at least a couple of sentences on the song.

3. Taste in music is very subjective.

Everybody has a different taste in music. So, there is a chance that you will get a wide variety of reviews on your song. There will be both positive and negative criticism. In this kind of situation, which reviews should you use to improve your music? I think that even though the reviews will vary greatly, there will at least be a few positive criticisms that you can use to make your music better. And you should not take every negative criticism to heart.

4. Some take more than they give back.

Many users create songs and they are anxious to find out what others have to say. So they upload their song and wait for others to rate them. And they never take the time to review others’ music. This is not very good for the community. So, if you are expecting to see detailed reviews on your song, you should start writing detailed reviews yourself.

5. Reviews are not blind.

When I critique a song, I like to only judge the sound I hear and not what I see. I don’t want to know anything about the artist because it will bias my review. I want to be able to close my eyes and write review based on how the music makes me feel inside. So, my critique should solely focus on the music itself and not the music video or the artist bio.


Great free tutorials to improve your recording and mixing

When I first started creating my own music back in 2005, I was pretty much clueless on how to properly record and mix my songs. I did not know about panning or equalization techniques and my songs sounded horrible. I used to post them on for others to rate them and got some pretty nasty reviews. But I used the criticism to improve the quality of my recordings. Although, I have to admit I really got offended by some of those comments in the beginning.

Around that time, I found some great tutorials online that were invaluable to a home recording enthusiast like myself. was one of them. I think it was started back in late 90’s by a guy named Rich. It has all the techniques you need to create great sounding records. From tracking to mixing and mastering, you will learn a lot regarding what it takes to create professional sound. So, I encourage you all to check out that site.

Another website that has some comprehensive recording techniques is created by Graham Cochrane. It’s a newer site but has a lot of video clips showing how to fine tune your home recordings.

Although I have come a long way from those early days, I still have a long way to go and I am still learning new techniques. I hope you will find these tutorials very helpful.


The need for song reviews

I am an amateur musician myself. I compose and record songs on my computer from time to time and I like to get feedback on my songs from other musicians. These are mostly home recordings. You can checkout some of my songs in my profile page. There used to be a site called which does not exist anymore. It was a great site to get valuable feedback from other musicians to improve my songwriting and song mixing skills. There are still many forums out there where musicians can upload their songs for others to review but forums are not scalable to thousands of users. What we need is a dedicated platform to get song critiques from musicians from all over the world.

I am hoping that other musicians like myself will be able to use to get valuable feedback and reviews from other musicians and I hope you will have fun while doing so. If you have suggestions on improving this site, please email me at

What do you all think? How should music reviews be done?