Todays target Popular Music

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Popular Music. The term popular music belongs to a number of musical genres “having wide appeal and typically distributed to large audiences through the music industry.”  These forms and styles can be enjoyed and performed by people with little or no musical training.

I am guessing at this point, you are expecting me to go off on how popular music suffers from a lack of musicianship and whatnot; but that is NOT where I am going today. Fact is, I like the fact that popular music requires little to no understanding of music theory or practice to be successful. That gives me a chance just like any other non trained person to win a grammy too.

The reason that I discriminate against popular music is because it is generally contains lyrics that are either careless or self destructive and because some slick producer is able to put a hook on it and some reasonably prosperous and misguided record label can then get it into the ears of people who are gullible enough to sing along.

I have myself fallen prey to this insidious and painfully obvious ruse. I used to think that Rock and Roll was the bees knees. I even entertained at a time the idea of being a rock and roll musician. Primarily due to the mistaken notion that it would be easy to get laid and get high all the while earning a huge income for doing something that barely required any work.

As it turns out, most popular musicians who actually do enjoy any success financially make hard choices at times and sometimes have to suffer tremendous adversity to find their groove. As it turns out as well, it requires a fierce devotion to the craft and uncountable hours of practice and disappointment in order to actually gain any traction in the music industry.

So what is my problem with popular music right now you ask yourself? It is in many cases moronic and childish in terms of messaging.  Let me give you some examples of lyrics that if you have any sense you will never sing along too, even if you do like the hook.

From the most popular song this week:

So, baby, pull me closer
In the back seat of your Rover
That I know you can’t afford
Bite that tattoo on your shoulder
Pull the sheets right off the corner
Of that mattress that you stole
From your roommate back in Boulder
We ain’t ever getting older

So, according these idiots who by the way call themselves the Chainsmokers, their idea of a good time is to drive around in car that is going to be repossessed, sleeping on stolen property and dying young.  Let’s look at #2 on the billboard chart this week.

You’ll never know the psychopath sitting next to you
You’ll never know the murderer sitting next to you
You’ll think, “How’d I get here, sitting next to you?”
But after all I’ve said
Please don’t forget

Wow, so these 21 pilots like to party with psychos and murderers. And can’t remember how they got to the party. Sounds like a great frickin time. If you are suffering from some sort of emotional disorder.

Number 3 on the charts this week. This may seem like it is less ridiculous because it demonstrates some misplaced altruism. But it really indicates first off that it is OK to get high and it is OK to jump into cold water to prove a point. But is it really?

[Justin Bieber:]
Everybody gets high sometimes, you know
What else can we do when we’re feeling low?
So take a deep breath and let it go
You shouldn’t be drowning on your own

And if you feel you’re sinking,
I will jump right over into cold, cold water for you
And although time may take us into different places
I will still be patient with you
And I hope you know

I won’t let go
I’ll be your lifeline tonight
I won’t let go
I’ll be your lifeline tonight

I don’t want to belabor the point because this has been going on for a long time.  So one last example from 60 years ago to prove my point:  this is from Pat Boone singing “I Almost Lost My Mind”.  Among the Number 1 Songs from 1956.

I went to see the gypsy
And had my fortune read
I went to see the gypsy
And had my fortune read
I hung my head in sorrow when she said what she said

Well duh, for one thing, why would anyone visit a gypsy for anything? And then why would they expect it go well? And who on earth is foolish enough to have their fortune read?  OK. Plenty of people are that lost and lonely that they need someone to tell them some general lies about how their future may turn out.

And I feel sorry for them, but my point was that I discriminate against popular music because if you actually sing along with most popular songs, you are setting yourself up for problems.  And if you relate to many popular lyrics, you probably already have problems.

And reinforcing them by singing about them ain’t ever going to help you solve them.

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