My iPod is attached to my waist. We go everywhere together. My ear buds are clawed up because I've worn them so many times. And don't get me started on how bad my hearing is.
I never thought I would be such a music-addicted girl. When I was younger, the thing to have (besides Tamagatchis, of course, because those things were wicked awesome.) was an iPod. After using all of my birthday cash, I bought my very first one. I was obsessed with filling it with tunes because I thought that would make me sophisticated and urban. (I was a strange child.)
So, now that I have 672 songs that I listen to constantly, I have come to learn some things about music. Like the quality of music, for example.
My dad successfully got me into 70's and 80's rock music; for example, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Boston, Meat Loaf, Rush, all those guys flood my iPod. What really appealed to me about this type of music was that the lyrics were really poetic and meaningful. Like there's one The Who song about a man's morning commute. I mean, who writes that kind of lyrics these days? Not Ke$ha, to be sure.
These days, the music is only about guys cheating on their girlfriends (Whatcha Say), extreme parties in which you call the police the "po po" (Tik Tok--- jeez that girl writes bad songs AND isn't capable of spelling! Even though I like Bla Bla Bla, I cannot stand her), and songs that make my mother turn the radio station to preserve my brother's young ears. (Too many examples to count.)
My father would always complain on car trips when we were listening to Rihanna or something that "the music these days-- agh you guys like this stuff?" (Actual quote, my friends.) I would always think that he was a lunatic for not liking "Disturbia" or whatever we were listening too- I mean, nothing compares to Rihanna, right? But now that I have listened to songs with actual meaning and literal cleverness, I can see past the iTunes Top Ten list.
PROS OF MAINSTREAM MUSIC (was new music, but some new music is good-- thanks fledgling!!)
- Always catchy and fun to dance to.
- Almost all "young people" can bond over it, because the words are so easy to memorize.
CONS OF MAINSTREAM MUSIC
- The lyrics suck.
- The lyrics are a horrible influence on the world.
- The lyrics really suck.
- There's no creativity or individuality or anything that's plain old ORIGINAL expressed.
- The lyrics seriously suck.
- The songs cost more on iTunes.
- The. Lyrics. Suck.
Also, some of the singers themselves are bad influences. Like yesterday, Barrack Obama met with Shakira for goodness sake to talk about children's health! (Yes, you may remember her singing "Hips Don't Lie" years ago and "She Wolf" recently.) What would she know more about health than an actual doctor? It's like putting Jennifer Anniston on the St. Jude's Children's Hospital commercials; wrong, wrong, wrong.
The sad part is that the "in" type of music gets a lot of hype- the freebies, the front-row passes to fashion shows, the movies, etc. The people who write music as good as, or usually better than the pop music don't get the same amount of attention. And now we have the Internet to fuel this new idolization- Twitter updates, fan sites, you get the point. Maybe that's why pop music is so popular.
The pop music isn't bad; the lyrics are. The pop music crowd is. The Blacked Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga may not be bad influences, but my goodness, Ke$ha and Kayne West sure are.
What do you guys think? The scene in the UK may not be as bad as it is here.