A few days ago I ventured into the depths of Youtube, searching old musicians I used to listen to when I was a lot younger. I came across Jesse McCartney (I do still have a soft spot for him), and found out he had a new song. Oh my god, a new song! I could’ve sworn he was done making music.
Anywho, I thought I would mention my excitement about this new song to my Matt, which lead to a very interesting debate.
His first point was that he felt artists sell out when their fan base is mostly girls. Like One Direction, Justin Bieber, and Cody Simpson, they all have good looks helping them out. Teen girls help sky-rocket their careers, is that really a bad thing? They can’t really help who their fans are. If we assume these artists and many more make music because they love to, then everything is peachy. But if they take advantage of the girls by using their looks to get to them, we have a problem. The purpose of music is lost when you do whatever will attract the biggest audience.
Continuing on from the point of doing whatever attracts the biggest audience, the raw and real emotion can be lost or is faked. Some of the best songs I know are passionate and full of the emotions and experiences of the artist, but is it a terrible thing if a song is empty and meaningless? Some of my favourite over-played on the radio, dance your face off songs are about sex, drugs, and money (aka no real emotion, other than let’s partaaaaay!) I enjoy them without over-thinking their meaning. But then Matt points out, music IS emotion.
Music is much more than that. It is an undeniable connection that links humans to one another. Anyone who has ever been to a concert understands what it feels like to be in a room full of people that you are simultaneously connecting with because of the music you are listening to (unless you’re at one of those sell out concerts…I guess?) Now back to these emotionless songs, are they abusing this power that connects people? Is the songs sole purpose to make money, tainting the integrity of music? But whose to say that there aren’t people that connect through that music? These are all questions that I am not qualified to answer!
The discussion Matt and I had covered at least 3 more solid points, but those will be for another time…