Good points, Rac. As I see it the music has gotten more
refined along with the technology. I can't say for sure
that it was because of the technology but I do believe
that each hand scratches the back of the other. Music
written and played the way it was back then wouldn't
hold that much water today in my estimation.
I try to imagine M.O. first coming on the scene here in
2015. My guess would be that they would get some
raised eyebrows and would not be as readily accepted.
Consider what these SAME players are doing today.
NONE of which sounds like what they were doing back
then.... Remember, We're talking about the pioneers
here! What has prompted them to change?! I'm talking
about the change in the face of fusion and not that of
their choices in other music genres.
Study the history of Billy's music over the decades.
you will find that each decade of his compositions
had it's own direction. The 70's were the raw, free
spirited, developmental, formative years. The 80's
seemed to be the finding himself years. The use of
drum electronics and those 80's keyboard patches that
gave the 1980's it's very distinctive sound. The 90's
were very solid compositionally speaking while getting
back to the musical root of the matter (back to basics).
And now here we are in the 2000's with him just doing
what he wants to do.
There are many different things going on these days:
Snarky Puppy, Dirty Loops, Billy and the like, that fusion
doesn't seem to be as "era" specific as it once was.
Perhaps that's one of the things some of us miss so much.
Time changes things, time refines. You can hear this
within the technology as well as compositional structure
that just seems to be the order of things. I personally am
relieved to be able to say that I enjoy much of the things
that are happening today.
For me, yesterday wasn't so much better as it was, well,
Just some thoughts.