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I can’t get no satisfaction!

Updated on March 14, 2016

Ever since the dawn of time, music has been an important element in our lives. It’s influence today is easily noticeable and visible in numerous areas regarding humans lives, be it social or the private areas.

“I love the way music inside a car makes you feel invisible; if you plan the stereo at max volume, it's almost like the other people can't see into your vehicle. It tints your windows, somehow.”

— Chuck Klosterman

To begin with, a team led by artificial intelligence specialist Joan Serra at the Spanish National Research Council ran music from the last 50 years through some complex algorithms and found that pop songs have become intrinsically louder and more bland in terms of the chords, melodies and types of sound used.

''We found evidence of a progressive homogenization of the musical discourse.''
Serra told Reuters. “In particular, we obtained numerical indicators that the
diversity of transitions between note combinations – roughly speaking chords
plus melodies– has consistently diminished in the last 50 years.”

Pop music of modern times is not the pop music that people used to listen to 30-40 years ago, you have all heard of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, John Elton, right? One of the most famous songs of the second mentioned band entitled ‘Satisfaction’ tells a story of a contemporary man that is bombarded by advertisements and is tired of swallowing them.

‘’When I'm watching my T. V.
And that man comes on to tell me
How white my shirts can be.’’

Pop music of today is but a merchandise produced for commercial reasons. It all comes down to making money. A great attention is dedicated to the physical appearance of a performer, while one’s talent is less important, or even irrelevant. Tools such as Auto-tune make it a whole lot easier for less talented ones to sound great while recording in the studio. Coming back to the appearance, have you noticed that a bra has become an accepted full top clothing item? Like in the case of Jessie J when she comes out of that car in ‘Bang Bang’ wearing but a bra. Just what kind of message is she sending?

‘’She got a body like an hourglass, but I can give it to you all the time
She got a b***y like a Cadillac, but I can send you into overdrive (oh)’’

The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory

‘’Pop is a musical genre, popular music, which is characterized by shallow, simple melodies, easy to remember songs and stars with attractive looks, and includes much higher number of listeners than heavy metal or rap music.’’ (Gall, 2004).

Besides, take some time to compare Madonna’s videos from the old days, when she is dresses in black drapery, in ‘’Frozen’’, sending a meaningful message, or the vividness and celebration of life in ‘’La isla bonita’’, only to compare it with today’s Lady Gaga bringing and mixing bunch of stuff together.

My vote goes to terms such as: honest, sincere, inspiring! It does not take much to notice the difference between art that comes from the very heart, for such things are priceless, from mere merchandise! For art is, might I say, something that differs us from all other animals, for yes, we to are mammals. As such, it needs to be appreciated and respected.

In conclusion, I find that music you prefer listening to becomes a part of you in a way that it broadens or, on the other hand, narrows down your way of thinking and your own set of personal goals, values, priorities in a way. For instance, I would rather have my kid exposed to Metallica, which raises awareness of the evildoings of wars and injustice in the world, than to have it repeatedly listening about and watching Nicki Minaj’s bottom.

“Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.”

— Hunter S. Thompson

Small Town Talk: Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Friends in the Wild Years of Woodstock


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