Let us not forget the media world still pushes for as many pieces of content as possible into a 24-hour day -- or, more typically, one TV show.
YouTube upload restrictions are around 10
minutes, Internet clips, not full-length TV shows, are still -- far and away -- the most viewed videos, and the upcoming Oscar Awards show only wants to give viewers a small taste of Oscar-nominated
songs.For Peter Gabriel, that's not enough.
His song, "Down To Earth," which he
co-wrote with Thomas Newman for the Disney movie "Wall-E," is being cut to fit into a medley of songs during the Oscar show. Gabriel says he isn't going to perform -- but he'll be there anyway.
One can understand the need for a complete three- to four-minute song. Truncated versions just don't offer up the right context. Typically, "American Idol" songs are usually stripped down to
one-and-a-half to two-minute versions.
Interestingly, Gabriel started way back in the '70s with a group called Genesis -- bands that were part of the so-called "progressive rock" movement,
where 10-minute, 15-minute and even 20-minute "songs" were still possible to write, play, and get fans interested. Gentle Giant, anyone?
Oscar producers may feel that a song of just "one"
minute may be enough. But what if it were a really good song? In reality, the Oscars is just a variety show, needing to cram in celebrity sightings, short, somewhat-less-than-witty remarks, and big,
Gabriel should take a look around. MTV Network doesn't run music videos any longer, which means it really doesn't air full songs. MTV's one remaining pure music
show, "TRL," has gone away. However, MTV surely will give us a soundtrack of music to its latest reality/celebrity thing.
Full-length music is for the iPod -- rolling down the street
by car, skateboard, or on foot.
For the Oscars, it's hard to get in the mood anyway, in the midst of crusty film directors, glam actresses, and cosmetic commercials - except maybe the
obviously self-revealing song: "There's no business like show business.