by Alex Cosper (11/20/12)
Acoustic music has never really disappeared. Even as electronic instruments began to take over in the 1980s, "Redemption Song" by Bob Marley proved that acoustic music can still produce one of the most remembered songs of the decade. The sixties and seventies gave up a lot of acoustic music, then certain modern rock artists such as R.E.M. and Tracy Chapman gave us acoustic music in the 80s.
The 90s gave us perhaps the richest catalogue of acoustic music, when you consider all the MTV Unplugged albums and acoustic b-sides from modern rock artists. Even hard rocking artists like Nirvana and Pearl Jam released a lot of unplugged music in the ninties. It was a time period when singer-songwriters were starting to emerge again.
My site Playlist Research is a library of musical information for researching different types of music. Many people associate a singer-songwriter and a guitarist as folk music, but it can be whatever you want to call it. Maybe even coffeehouse music. Lyrics and melody are the essence of the song and there will always be an audience that wants to hear songs played by a single performer.
My site Tangent Sunset includes some acoustic versions of songs. I believe that any song can be done acoustically and that any acoustic song can be manifested into a more elaborate production.
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