By: Hailie Rydel
I am a self-proclaimed music connoisseur and an overall lover of all kinds of music. My music taste ranges from the heart-soaring, beautiful opera works of Léo Delibes to the deep, dark, heavy riffs of Slipknot, to the zesty rhymes of Lil Rob. So, as a self-proclaimed expert, I can justify that your music taste is more than likely pretty bad.
Like everything in this world, music has its good, its bad, and just plain awful: mainstream music. While this statement more than likely will offend more than a few people, I have my reasoning.
While there is nothing wrong about mainstream music, other than the fact that it’s downright horrible, to put it simply, it lacks feeling, or the music is hollow. Very few popular artists even write their own music, and when I say very few, I mean very few. Most popular music artists have 4-5 writers for each and every song on a record. Some popular artists who require several writers would be Justin Bieber, Beyonce and Katy Perry. Wow, much talent. This leads to songs being impersonal. I want to hear about you, not about the putting of rings on things, thank you very much.
I have nothing against music without instruments, or even music that’s created entirely by a computer. I do, however, have a problem with people not writing their own music. Anyone can tune something to sound halfway decent, but not everyone can compose pieces of music or lyrics that tug at your heartstrings. These popular artists aren’t creating things to stay sane, as a true artist does, they’re singing songs for the sake of topping charts and earning fat checks.
The issue with mainstream music is that it is seemingly hollow, because who clearly can’t relate to a plastic bag drifting through the wind, wanting to start again? I have tried to listen to mainstream pop music, in hopes to find some sort of musical merit, and couldn’t make it through a solid 30 seconds of a song. Songs such as “Lights” by Ellie Goulding, “Firework” by Katy Perry, “Stitches” by Shawn Mendes, and whatever other popular people listen to. Why are we selling ourselves short with bad music? I want to know about why you have to sleep on a twin size mattress, why someone stole your car radio, why lovin’ is what you got, I want to know how you got yourself locked into a heart shaped box. I don’t care about how you need stitches or that you feel like a plastic bag. C’mon here people.
If music isn’t hitting you like a truck, making you bawl, or giving you goose pimples, you’re doing it all wrong. Don’t hesitate to listen to something you’ve never heard of. The songs that you accidentally stumble across tend to be the diamonds in the rough that become life-long jams. I hope you find yourself walking off the beaten path, and listening to obscure artists who make you feeling something.