Still, since we rarely are exceptionally well-heeled or 'upper dog', we've drawn out more things to brag of. We've, thus, often got proud of the bizarre music genres we're into, the unheard-of facts we learn elsewhere on the internet, the weird, exotic games we play or some closed groups we accidentally got admitted to.
I recently came across an article titled "Music Diversity is Great, but Country Has Got to Go," and the whole thing truly irked me. It's a well-known fact that every genre isn't everyone's cup of tea and we all have the ability to publicly share those opinions. I'm not usually one to address a specific piece of writing by writing my own counterargument, but this one struck a little nerve. I'm sitting here chuckling to myself as I write this because I feel like the person who wrote this country-hating article is slightly hypocritical. And here's why.
If you are a musician or wanting to learn to play an instrument, or even perhaps a collector of musical equipment, one of the many ways of acquiring gear that we would normally have to save up for, or in some cases never be able to afford, is to enter an online competition.
Music is a wonderful thing. I, for one, am very pan-genre when it comes to my music taste. However, I cannot stand country music. More specifically, modern day country music. I've always felt like country music culture was very weird, I'll get into why very soon, but there's something interesting that I'd like to point out. Throughout my years of living, there's been multiple times where I'd voice my anti-country music thoughts to a close friend that I felt like I could trust. I'd be both surprised and delighted when they'd actually completely agree with me, just to then catch them listening to country music sometime later! While trying not to show my disgust, I'd confront them only to hear them finally confess that they were actually secret country music lovers. I wish this had just been a one time scenario I found myself in. It seems as though many country lovers are ashamed of the fact that they actually enjoy country music, to the point be where they'll even pretend to be anti-country music, which says a lot.
Music has been one of the biggest forms of communication since forever. We as music listeners , listen everyday to different songs that relate and talk about different themes, lessons and challenges of life. This has been common for a long time as I started to notice a pattern for this. These are mostly common in hip-hop or pop songs on the radio. There are many songs that we love to sing that have one common theme that is always brought up in these songs: Drugs. Some won’t bother to say it because of how good the song is, we do not care what it is truly about. We will still listen and praise the artist and song. I believe that music artist should stop talking about Drugs in their songs and start doing something about it.
Jay-Z and Beyoncé (THE CARTERS) handled their number two slot on the Billboard 200 chart last year with their release, EverythingisLove (2018) with grace. Nicki Minaj launched into a temper tantrum when her fourth studio album Queen (2018) failed to make the number one spot, and so did DJ Khaled. Arguably the most annoying voice in hip hop, the DJ and producer recorded a video expressing his distaste for “mysterious sh–t.” By coming in the top ten, one would think that a recording artist would be satisfied with their own efforts. Regardless of whether the listening individuals actually stream or buy the physical copies of Khaled’s work, he should be proud that he organized so many voices to make a solid album.
Since today most of the work is done using a computer, music is a good way to diversify routine work. But the question remains the same: can music affect our productivity?
If the law of attraction is real, and we attract the thing with the same frequency we’re vibrating on, could it be that by listening to certain songs—vibrating on that frequency as you put your heart and soul in singing along with it—we’re telling the universe that is what we want? Everything in your life right now could then be a manifestation of your favorite song. Perhaps a childhood favorite, one that you sang over and over and over; one that you would still know by heart. What if the law of attraction is real and you’ve been vibrating to that song for years. The universe and its laws never fail, so you would have experienced it. Maybe you’re still experiencing it.
Music: it's an indispensable and ubiquitous aspect of the human condition. It is, in these days of instantaneous electronic communication, virtually everywhere, all the time, even when we don't want it. It programs us in shopping malls (Note: The author is a middle-aged man who still, fondly, remembers these institutions as centers of cultural commerce and exchange, dating from the fast-disappearing rearview mirror of his youth in the 1980s. You'll forgive him his anachronistic and somewhat out-of-touch references.) and grocery stores; it assaults us on the streets, in the cinema—everywhere. And, of course, because music (sound, vibration) is the magical stuff from whence the universe is formed, there are songs, and then, there are CREEP TUNES.
K-pop. I’m sure you’ve heard of it. If you’ve ever wondered how music from such a small country can become so popular worldwide, and even take the #1 spots on America’s and even other countries’ music charts, here’s why.
A tune is rarely 100 percent original, for better or worse. For example, Mogwai's tune "Sine Wave" is very similar to "A Warm Place" by Nine Inch Nails (NIN), which is itself similar to "Crystal Japan" by David Bowie. The question is, is this kosher? I don't mean to be the "music police" and tell artists what they can and cannot do. For the most part, I am not offended by something being a bit derivative. What matters most, in my books, is simply that the "homage" is successfully done.