As I was leaving a restraunt the other night, I saw a group of college girls jump into a car, roll the windows down, and crank up a song I'd never heard. Though the song wasn't familiar to me, I knew that it was probably a very popular one. Catchy melody, auto-tuned to hell, and lyrics that seemed to be written on the spot. As some of my friends scowled at the sound, I had just one thought,
This song was written with a purpose, and we are seeing that purpose here in front of us.
Now, before you assume that you know what I mean, let me say that you probably don't. These girls were out to have fun. I'm assuming that they weren't turning on the music for an introspective dialogue with themselves, they wanted to forget about work, school, etc. and just have fun. This kind of music easily facilitates this need, and in my opinion, is a good thing for us to have. It fufills a need that I will never be able to meet, and neither will any the music that I listen to.
People will be angry at me for saying all of this. But think about it. After a full day of work, maybe you don't want to watch a documentary on the sinking of the Titanic or the Holocaust. Maybe you want to watch an episode of Seinfeld or The Office instead. It's not Shakespear, and the script was probably written in a day for many of the episodes. But you need to turn off your brain for a bit and just laugh a little before you go to sleep.
Is it really so bad that there is music that is just for fun?
I often get accused of being a music snob, because I don't like 99% of the music that I hear. But if you got to know me, you'd be surprised how much I respect music- even music that I can't stand to listen to. Just had to get this off my chest. Thanks for reading.