Music should not be classified in terms of its appeal
Songs should be considered artistic works regardless of one’s opinion on genre, lyrics, or the performer’s talent
I’ve always believed that if you listen to a person’s iPod or MP3 player, you can get a glance of what that person is really like. It’s a great gateway into discovering a person’s personality.
Music has always been a big part of my life. One thing that is interesting about music is the different styles and genres, but some people don’t think that certain types of music should even be considered real.
What is considered real music then?
Just the other day, when I was at the gym, a woman was playing a rap song really loud as she left. I didn’t mind the music, but the older woman getting ready next to me did. She told me that what the woman was listening to was not considered music.
That statement really bugged me. It doesn’t matter what genre people are listening to. Music is music. People listen to a certain genre because it speaks to them. The lyrics may have a deep meaning or the instrumentation may be really good. You may find the opposite to be true. Either way, it doesn’t mean that it’s not music.
Just last week in my anthropology class, we were talking about art, and our professor found a link to these scientists who had found a 100-year-old conch and were making music with it. It may have sounded like Dory trying to communicate with the whale in Finding Nemo, but people considered it musical.
It’s amazing how music can have so many different elements.
One genre that people don’t generally classify as music is rock ‘n’ roll. I’m not talking about Elvis Presley’s “Jailhouse Rock” or Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” I’m talking about the really heavy metal bands like Asking Alexandria, Korn, Godsmack and all those other bands that may seem scary and gothic to some people.
Older generations would normally call this music “noise,” but to some people, it actually means something. If you try to listen to what the singer is actually saying, you’ll hear a real message.
One thing people don’t know about me is my affinity toward heavy metal bands. When people discover this, they don’t look at me the same way.
I listen to this kind of music not because I have teenage angst, but because the lyrics are meaningful to me. It makes me so frustrated that people think that this type of rock isn’t music.
Believe it or not, it has a beat, and the lyrics actually mean something. It is like any other genre, but it just has a different sound to it. It may not be Journey, but artists do sometimes go their separate ways in order to establish that distinct sound.
Another genre that people don’t consider music is rap. Even though there are some artists that I question, rap is considered music to some people.
Look at Eminem. He made a career by rapping about his life. He’s just one example, but there are many other rappers out there that made a successful career by rapping. Now, I may not defend people liking Nicki Minaj, but her noise is still music.
There’s still a beat going on in the background, but rap is basically about the words that are being spoken by the artists. I know some people are wondering what the heck some of these artists are saying, but to some people, that’s considered music.
Those are just a couple of genres that take a beating. But who are we to individually define what is music? Music is what’s pleasing to a person’s ear. What’s pleasing to me may not be pleasing to someone else. A majority of people may not like country music, but some people find it pretty catchy.
There are different kinds of music that are appealing to different kinds of people, and that is what makes us unique; if something does not sound like music, take a moment to just listen. If it’s not appealing to you, then so be it, but do not state that it is not music.