Hey, It’s Ok!
The September issue of GQ magazine had a free copy of of “Glamour” magazine’s July issue, I paged through Glamour just to see what’s it all about then I came across this article on page 23 with the title ‘Hey, it’s OK’. The article was about what is ok for women to do and what they are supposed to do.
So being silly and opinionated as I am, I took this article and changed it from being about women, to be about singers and producers. So ‘Hey musicians and producers out there, it’s OK’ to do the following:
1. To not release an album every single year, more especially if your last album is still rocking and selling, just wait until we are over it.
2. To sing about something else, rather than summer, girls, parties etc. Some lyrics even have ‘it’s 2010′, like who doesn’t know that.
3. Credit the featured singer, some musicians forget to include the singers they collaborated with, so don’t forget to include that person’s name on your album cover, on that particular track.
4. It’s OK to be a bit creative when it comes to your album cover, it must at least scream ‘Buy Me’….a person might be tempted to buy it.
5. Who died and made beach and clubs the best spots to shoot music videos, you can always trade places, I’m sure there are lot of places free of charge. Lira is one of the musicians with great music videos.
6. While you’re still finding a unique spot for your music video, please it’s ok to spare us the girls who always dance and flash their panties on videos, that’s so 90′s.
7. I prefer listening to an album with 10 rocking tracks, rather than an album with 15 tracks but with only 3 nice songs, so if you run out of ideas while composing, its ok to stop at 10 songs and deliver a 10 tracks album.
8. To leave a song as it is because sometimes a re-mix ruins it, so please go easy on re-mixing musicians.
9. Producers you can take a back seat, we will still recognize the effort you put on the album even if you don’t appear on every music video. You might outshine the actual singer.
10. Change styles, be versatile, and experiment. We don’t want a similar beat/sound on every song you release. Music is about breaking new boundaries, I like what JR did on ‘Show Dem’, just like Teargas on ‘Mhlobo Wami’…they delivered a different yet cool version of hiphop.
PS: I’m not a music expert, it just my opinion…
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