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Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Music...seriously?

I have always loved music. Music has been my catharsis for a long time, especially when I couldn't write. But when I have a lot to do, I listen to music, to  make my life easier. Many celebrities are musicians, which must be great, because music is food for the soul. Well, I disagree, music is for the merriment of the mind. When I commute to college everyday, I listen to music. I can't not listen to it. When I'm brisk walking in the evenings, I make sure that the music is on full volume.

The worst may happen to you, but you can express your emotions when you have music. That's why I'm addicted to it. But these days, I'm not into the latest item numbers or the latest English chartbusters. Actually, music in the recent times, hasn't invoked any emotion in me. So, I'm wondering, what makes music sell? What makes it likeable?

Besides the fact that boy bands are the 'it' thing now, nothing else is new. Music is supposed to be the change from our mundane life. Sadly, that doesn't seem the case. Musicians are supposed make us stir up and listen to them. They're supposed to write their feelings, and compose a sound. That sound. A sound that can awaken people when they are in the darkest realms of despair. Bands like Nickleback, Linkin Park and Tokio Hotel did that. They wrote songs that people could relate to.

Their music sounds great, but their  latest music has been off the grid. So I went back to 80's music. Phil Collins, MJ and the Beatles have only a few songs that youngsters can actually relate to. Even, Will.I.Am hasn't given us a zinger yet. His music is great, but his song, 'Where is the love?' makes me question, 'Where is the music?'

Now, talking about female pop stars, Avril Lavinge, Ariana Grande, Katy Pery, Rihanna and Taylor Swift have been hitting it big lately. Girls around the world relate to their music, and now they seem to give the boy bands some competition. 'The story of us' and 'Walks like Rihanna' by the most popular man bands, are in no way relatable to anyone. Yet, women all over the world made these songs a hit.

So, I dug deeper to realize, women will listen to anything their favourite man band makes because of their image. Once you like a guy in your teens, it's hard to stop obsessing about him. You eat, breathe, and think about him. The same goes for celebrities. Let's face it, their face and body makes them sell like a hot cakes, hence their rubbish sells.

Bands like Red, Gotye, and Poets of fall all equally popular for their music, do not sell as well as the current man bands, because they lack good looks. These are critically acclaimed bands. They are all decent looking, some intimidating, but their sex appeal is not bankable. Unlike the Backstreet Boys or Blue, whose one fake smile will make our jaw's drop, we'll do anything the handsome men tell us to do. Their face is their propaganda, and their music is their product.

The quality of music has disappeared, by the coming new musicians who are one hit wonders, and old musicians are no longer relatable to the younger audience. Music has lost it's fervor, and lyrics are meaningless. The best has come and gone, or maybe is yet to come.

  

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