"Your article on the Grammys (Hammer, “Out of Touch with Reality,” Feb. 14-21) was very intriguing. However, much of this article was untrue. Your aspect of music hasn’t changed since you were young so you haven’t tried to understand music nowadays. Music has changed so opinions should change too.
Your paragraph on American Idol is somewhat true. American Idol isn’t watched for the musical talent in people. Also, people don’t think that the music on American Idol is necessarily good music; I watch American Idol and I don’t believe that that music is good. It is mostly watched for the bad imitations of music and pretty faces. As you said, the soulless interpretation and a nice set of hooters are seen as the ultimate expression of music. Although this is true, American Idol isn’t ruining what many people think of music.
Also, music now is great. You can’t judge these artists just because you think they are bad because a lot of people love these artists. Mainstream artists are more known than others and some might be really bad but some artists are really talented and nobody knows about them, like local bands.
Most of your article was very opinionated and you weren’t open to other thoughts. A lot of other people love the music nowadays and if rock and hip-hop were dead, people wouldn’t listen to it anymore; however, they do. It seems like in your article, all you’re talking about is mainstream music.
To conclude, your article was harsh and very opinionated and should have been more open to other artists and styles that you probably didn’t even know about. A lot of artists that you don’t know of are great and you should start looking for music like this.