Hot hot hot, hmmm, first there is Music, demands your full attention - (hush up I am listening to this song) and then there is 'wallpaper music' Yogi Bear and His Orchestra Play the Beatles. Hmmm as a ex 'performer' I know that some audiences like 'wallpaper music' they wanna chat drink visit but not be too involved in the music. The want atmosophere.
At the Winfield festival I'd wager that 80% of the crowd play something. That is the other extreme, I used absolutlely go into orbit when getting ready for a show for a 'folk'audience. Every lick, riff or variation observed evaluated etc.
In the middle is the meat of the Music Bizz the average listener. These are the folks who buy the CD's - see Dixie Chicks - Record companies etc don't always record crap, they sometimes get it right. Also notice DJ's are 'wallpaper' music blind, if they must play crap why not make it good crap!
Bad recordings - yup agree there is a big heap of crap out there and yup the DJ's push the junk into your memory banks. Good or Bad! Don't know, what does irritate me is this method of 'puhing' is widely used for other puroses. It's a sort of aural hypnosis - like the grocery stores play slop to make you buy more groceries - ho ho ho.
Singing etc, it is a fact that a 'good' voice is a rare thing. I sing badly because I've a limited range.