So I'm watching James Taylor and Carole King on PBS, listening to one beautiful killer song these two wrote after another, songs so beautiful and timeless, and I'm wondering - where are the killer song writers of today? Has public taste gotten so lame that good songs get no traction? I mean, I hear one every now and again (a couple of times annually), but the general quality of contemporary song writing is so bad, it's depressing. I listen to these pop songs, striving to hear something good in the writing, and man, it's just not there. Even if I don't particulary care for contemporary chart topping act like the Black Eyed Peas, if the song was good, it would speak for itself, and I'd like it. But it's not happening.
I hear more good songs coming out of country music than the other genres. But that's really quite sad in my view.
Hey, a good song reverberates decades later, 'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow' or 'Natural Woman' or 'Carolina In My Mind' are still such beautiful songs that anyone who can strum a chord and hold a vocal note can scare them up and bring a smile to a room of people. You can say the same for great pop songs from earlier eras (think back to the great Broadway classic musicals of R & Hammerstein, etc.).
I don't think this is generational, because I like music from my parents' era. I like good songs. I like songs with hooks. I like songs with great melodies.
So where the F are they?