A culture is represented by its music, food, and architecture. We as common citizens can contribute to our culture by the food we cook and the music we make. Architecture is best left to the architects. All things considered, it can be said that much of the music that most of us listen to is not chosen by us, but chosen for us and the food we eat is eaten because we have grown to lethargic to care about what we put in our bodies. As this blog is about music, I will refrain from ranting about the United States’ food culture for the time being.
It is safe to say that “pop” music is listened to in the highest volume – hence the abbreviated “pop” for “popular.” Who decides what songs are popular? The leviathan record labels who find a pretty face who may or may not being musically talented. Once found, this pretty face is gift-wrapped and presented to the public via radio or a major music video TV station. We are told that they are “in,” and we jump right on the bandwagon. These record labels have this process down to a science and it’s no coincidence that everything you hear on the radio sounds so… catchy – it’s engineered. I will finish this droll by summing things up by saying that it is WE who should decide what music sounds good and for the first time in the history of the world as we know it, we have the abilities to do so.
The Internet. Thanks to this connector-of-ideas, we can instantly stream music from tens of thousands of independent or less-commercialized musicians from all over the world. The U.S. has a tremendous indie-music culture that goes unnoticed by a good chunk of the population. I do not mean to say that all indie music is good. The listener determines the quality of the music – its subjective. With the vast quantities of drastically differing sounds being pumped out on a daily basis here in the states, it’s somewhat of a shame to listen only to what the businessmen of music tell you to listen to. I understand, we can all relate to the lyrics we hear on the radio – because they where written for that purpose! But this disregards the nuances and subtleties of the individual that make us each unique. I enjoy and indentify with a different collection of music than any other person I will probably ever encounter. My iTunes library reveals me and my experience perhaps more than any other thing I own. I’m sure everyone listens to a wider array of music than I assume and I encourage it! Think of all the good songs that one of us hears that we can share until it becomes heard by millions! We have the power to create the music culture of our country and we should take advantage of this power.
Get on the Internet, get on Pandora, keep a music page in your Notes app, expand your iTunes library, and find yourself through the music that appeals to you. As an added bonus, everyone will think you’re a lot cooler if you know their favorite underground band.
Leave no song unheard.