Somedays, being a raving lunatic has its drawbacks. So many people have been lulled into their primetime TV schedules and 8:30am bowel movements, when you grab them by the collar and let them in on the "dirty little secrets" of the world, the mixture of pity and disgust on their faces can really leave your brain sore.
I grew up in the Land of Truman, where we were often quoted as saying, "Show me!" and "Run Toto, run!" We're a simple folk, we seldom believe the intangible, and when the funnel clouds of reality descend, we head for lower ground...ditches, basements, etc.
The corrollary of that, though, is the old Truman axiom: "How long do you have to let something hit you in the head before you stand up and ask, 'Hey, what's hittin' me in the goddamned head?'"
I once had a buncha hillbilly singers over to the basement, post-show a few months ago, and two of the veterans in the group allowed the homemade beer and store bought tequila to let their minds wander to past shows of "big stars" that had hit First Ave and other places, where they had been the opening act. The conversation turned to harmonizer boards and other tricks of the trade for the talentless.
Thanks to Maureen Ryan of the Chicago Tribune, the cat's further out of the bag than before. The best two paragraphs in the whole story go like this:
According to several producers, the practice of tuning and correcting vocals is especially prevalent in mainstream country music. Studio software can help artists hold a note for what seems like forever, and can help them sound as if they can belt out high notes as easily as Patsy Cline could.
''That country music production scene is a pretty rigid environment,'' according to Timothy Powell, a Chicago-based producer/engineer. ''The artists are at the mercy of the producers and the record companies and everybody wants it to be perfect -- they go out of their way to make it perfect.'' Powell, who specializes in recording live performances by everyone from Paul McCartney to Eminem, says he's even starting to see vocal tuning devices show up in concert settings.
YES!!!! I just love this article. Anybody want to take bets on who's using these things among the "country elite?" Wake up and stop listening to these talentless fools. Stop listening to the stations that play them. Stop buying CD's from the labels that produce them. Stop buying the products they endorse. Country is music from the heart, written and produced from the struggle of rural sensibilities in an increasingly urban world. If you own CD's by mainstream country artists, take them to used CD stores and sell them...use the money for the homeless, or a food shelter, or the Future of Music Coalition, or anything. Selling this product as the creation of a musical talent borders on criminal fraud, and you and I should no longer have to be a part of it. NASHVILLE SUCKS!!