Personally, I feel that there is plenty of noise out there, but the real music comes from artists that are inspired and direct that inspiration into the lyrics, rhythms and melodies of their songs.
I have 19.43 GB of music in iTunes, but I can guarantee you that if I put my music on shuffle I would be pushing the next button reasonably regularly during a 30minute period. The reason for this usually comes down to meaningless lyrics, boring beats, and inappropriately timed songs. They’re songs that you know you should delete, but you know a day will come along when you are going to need a bit of Shania Twain’s “Man I Feel Like a Woman” and you just can’t bring yourself to delete it. Songs do have a time and a place in our lives, and during different periods of growth, we do appreciate different artists and different genres of music. However, there are those certain songs and bands that you would never press next to while your iPhone is on shuffle, in fact you could quite happily spend a whole afternoon listening to that one artist’s music song after song, album after album. But why is that?
I believe artists that create ‘good music’, not just music you listen to at a party or dance to in a club, but real, soul-touching, life-changing, GOOD music, should be praised, and recognised, not just washed over and ignored. Music that shows how much time and effort has been put into every sound, every second and every sentence; Music thats lyrics come from an artist who is inspired, and has the bravery and delicacy to deliver a sound and total musical encounter that is both unique and intriguing; Music that’s sound and lyrical nature has been intricately woven through the length of the song and has an appropriate accompanying musical emotion; Music like THAT deserves to be acknowledged. It takes courage and talent to be able to retell emotions and experiences in a poetic lyrical form that is both raw and relatable, and then on top of that accompany such words with an appropriate musical experience, which guides listeners through those lyrics and allows them to feel the song, rather than just hear it. There is something special about an artist that has an ability to recreate, or reignite, a feeling you experienced at a certain point in your life, allowing some form of connection between the listeners, the artist, and the song itself.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s quite nice to listen to a variety of artists and genres; my 19.43 GB of music can assure you of that. But there’s always a distinction between music that will forever captivate you in its wake, and sounds that just make you feel ‘pretty good’ while you're listening to them.
Sounds have a time and a place, but good music has an everlasting quality.