When it’s no longer about the music.

When it’s no longer about the music.

In my previous post we talked about the impact music has on the work environment. Music has a certain kind of power that can actually have an influence on our every day life.

Recently I read an article about Taylor Swift. She posted her personal opinion about her political preference on instagram.

I was stunned when I read the reactions on social media. There were those who backed her up and  then there are those  throwing all kinds of negative messages and certain “wishes” towards her that I will not repeat. There were even “groups” who were “hating” on her, cause according to them society polluted “their girl”.  

And my question is, why? What’s going on?

I respect the fact that after being silent about it for so long she feels  a certain urge to speak out. Especially when it’s a topic that everyone has their own strong opinion about and when you look at the state of the world we’re in today, it’s not strange at all that she did this. She’s a big role model for a lot of people and she’s trying to “use” her voice for the better. Speaking up and telling your mind, your truth, should never be a bad thing.  So regardless which party she’s supporting, she’s also showing us that it’s ok to speak up and have an opinion. She’s not telling you who you have to side with, no she’s sharing her concerns, her thoughts, her beliefs, her choices and that you have the possibility and power to change things by voting. 

What I don’t get is that people start attacking right away. They don’t really read what she wrote, they just pick out the words that they wanna see. Get your facts straight, cause honestly what the hell do we know? That’s the danger of social media. We assume we know and “throw” stuff at each other, cause it’s a “safe way” of telling what we are really thinking without having the person directly in front of our face. We tend to act before we think more and more.

What is sad however is the fact that because of this “storm” a lot of people immediately comment her music like: ”I’m not going to buy her music anymore, her songs suck anyway, let’s boycott her”, etc.

If the music is good and you’ve always enjoyed it, just because in this case the artist has an opinion about a certain subject that’s more based on their personal life why suddenly does the music sucks? So this means you’re going to stop singing and dancing to “Shake It Off” when it’s playing on the radio even though you were always grooving to it? Whenever the song “Love Story” is on are you really going to put the volume off?

How does that work? Do we associate the music with the way the person that’s executing the song thinks/feels/live their life? If you have a strong and negative opinion about the LGBT community does this means you’re going to stop singing along with “La Vida Loca”? 

Can you imagine when we start boycotting artists cause of their opinion, sexuality, religion, race and so on? It would be a damn quiet and boring world don’t you think? Ofcourse every artist has their own fanbase. And the next question that pops up is are you a fan of the music or a fan of the artist? (We’ll discuss that in a future post)

Cause of the internet and social media and our curiosity it’s so easy to peek in the private life of the artist. The focus is on their love life and the clothes they’re wearing and the people they have beef with while the reason why they are in the spotlight in the first place, which is music, falls completely to the background. And to be honest the artists don’t always mind the “extra” attention.

Artists are the real storytellers about what’s going on in our world, in our society. They are the ones who speak up and paint the picture through their art when no one else is, to be the voice of the voiceless, cause that’s the beauty of the arts. Doesn’t matter if you are a sculptor, painter, singer, actor. In a way they are creatively documenting our history. When it comes to music there are those who really listen to the words and can associate with what’s being sung, while others pick up the beat at first and don’t even pay attention to what the person is singing about. I mean I bet each one of us experienced messing up the lyrics of a song while singing along. Years later you realize you were singing something completely different and the song wasn’t about what you thought it was about. You notice that the words are “Most of all” and not “Monster Love”...lol (I think that’s a good topic for a future post.) (I’m referring to the song by Melee “Built to Last” my mom messed up those lyrics everytime) Sometimes we don’t even know what the artist is singing about, remember MacArthur Park by Donna Summer? Did we care? Not really cause the beat was on and we could dance to it..lol

Anywayz, nowadays it seems like it’s becoming more difficult for the next generation to put the focus on the music, to really understand the message and the story behind it. Especially when the first question the artist get asked while walking the red carpet at an award show is “What and who are you wearing?”. Somehow what they’re wearing is more important than what they’re sharing artistically.

And now there’s the uproar of Kanye (excuse me..I mean Ye) visiting Trump. You don’t have to agree with either of them, but they both got the attention they probably wanted and also in this case it’s no longer about the music, but about “using” your fame and popularity to get to your next goal, to gain more power, more attention. Each agenda is different and it’s like there’s a shift in the intentions of the artist which is getting bigger.

Yes music is universal, it connects, it unites, but does it really? Study says it does and that it is a social glue, notably for the electronic dance community and the instrumental performers.........uh huh....exactly......NO LYRICS......which means no opinions, just feeling and your own interpretations of the sounds. But then again it’s really nice to be able to sing along with songs who do have lyrics isn’t it? Regardless the message behind it.

So whatever opinion you have, whatever your beliefs, don’t take it out on the music. Instead use music as a tool to speak up!

Let’s start the discussion, what’s your opinion about this subject? Are we in any position at all to judge artists? Should the artist stick to their craft or do they have a much bigger role than just music? And....is it possible to put the focus back on the tunes?

 

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