Mainstream Defines Modern American Music

“…Baby get my order right, no errors
Imma touch you on the right areas
I can feed you, you can feed me
Girl deliver that to me, come see me
Cause it’s me, you, you, me, me, you all night
Have it your, way, foreplay
Before I feed you appetite…”

— Timbaland with Justin Timberlake

The music of today’s American culture is vast and yet narrow. This may seem impossible, but think about it: we have (in my opinion) shallow and talentless mainstream music. This is the narrow genre—most songs are created for entertainment. They have a catchy beat, and the lyrics are thrown aside, or are imitations of other radio songs. Most of these songs have even incorporated snippets of old classics, or are covering entire old classics. Talent and passion seem to not exist. Then we have bands that still play their own instruments, write their own songs, and enjoy touring and performing for their fans and their own love for the music they create. These musical genres are all over the place (vast). I think pop music is easily accessible for people around the world, and will therefore represent American music. To me, this is a shame, and is a weakness for those of us who are still artists and dreamers.

Music started out as a way to worship God. In time, it grew to include dance and fun for people. We began experimenting with form, and invented new ways of organizing music. However, I think music—involved lyrics and emotional instrumental—has always been close to our hearts. It is our “home.” However, there has always been music created for entertainment that does not hit home. It does not become a part of us. It is not our home.

The difficult part is figuring out what music represents us. Stereotypes are formed all over the world, and unfortunately, I think mainstream music that lacks a personal message or lacks to become a part of a person, is what defines modern American music today.

“…Dreary birds parade across the dreary sky, but down below 
The woman absent mindedly begins to sow, how she sows the 
Seeds her husband loved so much, but he’s no longer 
Here with us 
But her life is so beautiful 
As memories continue to grow 
Into beautiful things that spring from these rows 
With their musical names and musical sound…”

— Eisley

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