When I listen to Earth, Wind and Fire or a Zeppelin album, I find myself asking over and over again "Why can't they make 'em like this anymore?" I know it's a tired cliché, but I haven't heard an adequate explanation for the decline in music.... until recently.
The author, Raymond Chandler, wasn't speaking about the music biz specifically, but I think it applies here perfectly.
Without magic, there is no art. Without art, there is no idealism. Without idealism, there is no integrity. Without integrity, there is nothing but production.
From now on, when I here the computer modified voices on the radio (I can't call them songs, really), all sounding the same, I will no longer scratch my head and wonder why. I'll just recite these words of wisdom and be on my merry way.