Thoughts on The Voice and other competitions

Three things bother me about The Voice and other similar shows. The first is the glorification of mediocrity and imitation. Granted, every so often they unearth a unique talent, but for every one of those there are a hundred bartenders, schoolteachers and accountants who aren’t that good, and rarely bring something original to the show. Especially when you consider that folks like Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Chaka Kahn, Bill Champlin, Kenny Loggins, Sheryl Crow, Patti Austin, John Mayer, Sting — and another hundred supremely talented songwriters and performers were skipped over to get to the bartenders and…