Musik Sekarang Kok Jelek-jelek?

Berikut ini adalah kutipan percakapan antara 2 orang penggemar musik yang sedang makan siang di suatu cafe.

A: “Eh brur, musik sekarang itu memprihatinkan yah? :-x”

B: (sambil asik mengunyah makanan) “Emang kenapa?”

A: “Ah lo pake acara pura2 gak tau segala. Coba lo perhatiin deh. Musisi era 70-an & 80-an itu kebanyakan pake skill beneran. Punya talenta. Emang bisa nyanyi. Sementara mulai 90-an dan sampe sekarang kualitas musik drop. Liat aja musisi kayak Jastin Bibir, Ledi Gagal, Mili Sirup, Sikilreks, dst dst mereka sebenernya bisa apa? Cuma bisa bikin polusi suara…”

B: (berhenti mengunyah) “Bro. Gw kasih tau yak. Yang namanya musisi jelek itu dari dulu sampe dunia kiamat akan selalu ada. Itu lo gak bisa ubah. Nah apa yg bisa lo lakukan adalah memilih musik yg bagus atau gak (sambil menyebut sejumlah nama musisi/band yang talented but obscured). Nih iPod gw. Coba lo dengerin deh”

A: “….. Eh iya bener bro. Keren banget ini :D”

B: “Apa gw bilang. Musisi sekarang pun sebenernya banyak yg bagus. Cuma jarang kedengeran aja. Dan sejujurnya gw setuju kalo kebanyakan musik sekarang yg mainstream itu emang jelek. Jadi kalo lo bilang musik sekarang itu jelek-jelek, sudah pasti either lo dengerin musisi jelek, atau musik yg mainstream :mrgreen:

Ya sebenernya dialog diatas itu hasil imajinasi saya. Bukan dialog nyata. Tapi seandainya suatu saat ada orang melontarkan pertanyaan yang sama, maka itulah jawaban saya.

Bagaimana pak mikebm, ada komentar? :mrgreen:



  1. Jika ada kesamaan/kemiripan nama-nama, itu hanyalah kebetulah belaka. Sungguh. Serius.
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I think I ordered this album several days before Christmas last year. Just in case you don’t know who Rush are, they are the famous Canadian progressive hard rock trio.

And today, after arrived from office, I found a little surprise on my desk.


Sweet! I got my order!

Let’s crank the volume up, shall we? :mrgreen:



We had the famous Psalm 23 preached in one of the Sunday services last December:

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Of course the bottom line of the sermon is The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He provides our need (take note: our need, not our want). If we are still complaining that our need are still not satisfied, then probably The Lord is not our shepherd.

Actually, what is more interesting is Pink Floyd used this passage cleverly in their song, Sheep (Animals is a brilliant album, anyway). Roger Waters tounge-in-cheekily tooks this passage to describe how the sheeps (low class workers) are being controlled by the pigs blindfully (rich men). The pigs are leading the sheeps to slaughterland, not the promised land, unfortunately. They are following the false leaders. So what they do then? They beat the pigs (“judo kicks”). And once everything falls apart, they march into freedom. Hooray for the sheeps!!

Even though this songs seems religious, actually it’s not. It describes any kind of political or corporate culture very well, and somehow Psalm 23 fits this idea.

Nice analogy, isn’t it? :mrgreen:


Blame the H

This funny thing happened months months ago.

A friend of mine (a girl) tweeted about an album of John McLaughlin.

My response after reading that tweet was like

“WOW 😯 !! She must be a fan Mahavishnu Orchestra ?? What a sophisticated music taste she have…

I didn’t believe my eyes, so I read her tweet once again. Surprise surprise, I didn’t read it carefully.

What she wrote about was Jon McLaughlin, not JohnMcLaughlin. One is Jon, and the other is John. The difference is in the H.

Of course both are musicians of diferent genre. The Jon is a pop-rock pianist, while the John is… a jazz-rock guitarist…

And I almost get excited 🙄



Déjà vu

Behold, Adele’s Rolling in the Deep

The first time I heard the song, I was like “Man. I think I already heard this song before. But what song?”

And for a few months, the question remained unanswered, until this song popped in my head.

Sure. They have some similiarities. Both are in the soul genre, and winner of Grammy Awards. And oh, rather “unique” video clips.


Too Loud

This is quite a funny story, anyway…

So, if you are a big hard rock fan, the chance is big that you know The Who, the famous British rock band who are considered among the loudest bands in the world.

Mr Towshend, the guitarist, “walked off the stage during the encore at a Who show in Sunrise, Florida, yesterday, WPTV reports”. Why? Because they were to loud.

Before leaving, Townshend appeared to be unhappy with the sound monitors onstage, yelling they were “too loud” before walking off. The 67-year-old has dealt with hearing problems over the past two decades.

Too loud, eh? I could imagine the power from the Marshall amp stack he has been using for years is one of the contributor to his hearing problem. And folks, let’s face it: he’s not a youngster anymore. He’s alread 67.

Even a rock star couldn’t stand the loudness…


Rush vs Yes



Rush vs Yes. Two giant, very influential prog rock bands from the 70s. Who will be the winner?

Let’s take a look at this interesting forum post.

I’m comparing what I think are classic Yes (Yes Album through Relayer) and classic Rush (Fly By Night through Moving Pictures). Both bands are INCREDIBLE. Musicianship, composition, and overall feel from both bands have always impressed me. However, I’ve always liked Yes better. Both bands are great, but I’ve always liked Yes’s sound and style more than Rush’s. Rush is very complex but is more hard rock/metal based, which is awesome. Yes has just always seemed more mystical, and I just love their uniqueness. Nobody sounds like Yes. To me, listening to Rush is like driving a fast race car, while listening to Yes is liking walking through a jungle (metaphorically speaking). Rush is so solid, and rocks so hard, while Yes has a more orchestral or classical take on rock. And to me, Rush takes the songs in a great direction, and ends on an awesome note, while Yes is more about the journey than the destination. Bass wise, I’ve always like Chris Squire better than Geddy. Just like Chris’s voice on the instrument more, but both are great. Well, I’m done rambling. Both bands are great, just like Yes more. Peace

Very nicely worded. Yes, Yes and Rush are my favourite bands (sorry, pun intended). But I have to give Yes the extra point for being classically inclined.

Rush – The Spirit Of Radio

One of Rush’ classic songs, and also one of my favourite.

All this machinery making modern music
Can still be open-hearted.
Not so coldly charted, it’s really just a question
Of your honesty, yeah, your honesty.

One likes to believe in the freedom of music,
But glittering prizes and endless compromises
Shatter the illusion of integrity.

This song hits the nail on the wall about honesty & integrity, 2 things that are probably getting rare at today’s music industry, where “goods songs” are usually not anywhere as good as they were used to be. Yeah, blame the people who abuse the technology to produce crappy songs (talentless peoples + cool $$$ technologies = great artists!), and capitalism which causes the decline of soul/passion in music itself.

No Regrets

Jadi, beberapa bulan lalu, gw ditawarin untuk ikut Hillsong Conference. Karena beberapa hal, gw memutuskan untuk menolak tawaran itu. Salah satu alasannya adalah: musik.

Beberapa orang sempat menanyakan apakah gw tidak merasa sayang karena menyia-nyiakan kesempatan itu.

Tanpa bermaksud melecehkan/menghina, gw pada dasarnya tidak excited dengan musiknya Hillsong.  Sama sekali tidak benci/anti. Will all respect, it’s just that their music is not my taste. As simple as that. Pada dasarnya, saya bias ke hard/progressive rock/metal. Jadi tentulah secara musik band-band seperti Rush, Yes, Led Zeppelin, Dream Theater, atau Transatlantic lebih menarik buat saya :mrgreen:

Kalau bicara spesifik Christian music, ya tentulah saya lebih memilih Neil Morse atau Ajalon, misalnya.

Jadi apakah saya menyesal dengan keputusan itu? Sama sekali tidak.

Do I regret for that decision? Absolutely no. No regrets.