Thursday, July 4, 2013 | 6 p.m.
Editor’s Note: While Robin Leach heads to the East Coast and London before his traditional summer vacation under the Tuscan sun in Italy — plus, the Amalfi Coast this year — many of our Strip personalities have stepped forward in his absence to pen their own words of wisdom. We continue with Nathan Morris of Boyz II Men, who have a residency run at The Mirage through Dec. 31. Thanks to incredible ticket demand, the bestselling chart-toppers recently added Mirage dates for August.
By Nathan Morris
Music is an ever-changing form of expression, and, as usual, it is changing again. So is the criteria for how one becomes a success in the music business. Talent used to be the main ingredient to being successful in the music business, but one thing that will never change is the path one must take to become legendary. Take a listen to these names: McCartney, Jackson, Clapton and Wonder. These names are embedded into the very fiber of our lives to the point where first names are not needed.
Now try these names: Minaj, Brown, Mars and Gomez. Doesn't quite have the same ring, does it? Can you guess the first names of these artists? I'm sure you can today, but 40 years from now … not so much. With no disrespect to any of these artists, their music or their talent, they and many other artists have unfortunately become victimized by music and society’s change.
Though technology has made the world better for most of us, it has not been so kind to the music industry and its artists. Becoming legendary starts with time, which is one thing we don’t have a lot of nowadays. Many of our opinionated choices are made in a split second with not much thought at all, and music is one of those choices.
In a push-button society where everyone wants everything now, it leaves no time for one to learn patience, dedication, perseverance and resilience, the cornerstones of creating music legends. With a vast array of information and entertainment outlets today, we are presented with thousands of options. In our constant desire to be a part of something new and trendy, music artists are forced to try to reinvent the wheel almost daily.
Many of us grew up with artists who released album projects every two years or so, and we were content with that. Spacing out projects gave us time to live with the music, fall in love with the artist and built our anticipation and longing for the next project. In the past, releasing album projects within months of each other could cause an artist to oversaturate himself or herself in the marketplace, when in today’s world an artist cannot survive without being oversaturated.
This is why I believe that, in the future, we may never see a legendary music artist created again. I don’t think our society has the time and patience for it. This doesn’t mean that we all won’t have artists who we love; it just means that over time, there will be so many other options to choose from in our daily lives that it will derail us from dedicating time to learning and growing with those artists who could one day become legendary with the proper and devoted fan base.
Boyz II Men are in concert with New Kids on the Block and 98 Degrees at Mandalay Bay Events Center on Saturday night.
On Friday, look for our guest column from Excalibur headlining hunks Thunder From Down Under as they celebrate their 11th anniversary and then Sunday celebrity photographer Denise Truscello, who contributes so many phenomenal photos to these pages, and N9NE Steakhouse at the Palms star chef Barry S. Dakake.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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