Oh Lord, purify me, make me a chalice in which you dwell, offer your sacrifice in me and spread your love through me. Let me shine like gold, adorn me with the jewels of virtue that I may always be open to you. Fill me. Overflow me. Let me be like that most perfect vessel, the Singular Vessel of Devotion, She to whom I cry for protection against the Evil One. I ask this for your glory, for the vessel is nothing without the sustenance inside, the cup nothing unless it is filled. Oh Lord, purify me.

Give me a word, Abba

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Pretty and Boring.

If I have one major complaint against modern man, it's that he is close-minded. And one of the areas I really notice this is in the area of music. I have talked to so many people (mostly teens, I guess, or at least from the ambiguous group "young people") that only value music from the last 20 years (in some cases 30). Within the last three decades, there has been a huge boom in the music industry. In terms of modern pop music, the industry has gone from producers like George Martin, who kept within the framework of previous musical traditions (putting together the music symphonically, so my dad always says.) to the seventies where true "mainstream pop" came into being. From there, it went through the eighties and nineties and finally reached the 2000s. At this point, the hip hop movement truly flourished. The sixties was where pop was going through adolescence. The seventies were the college days of pop. I feel like the 2000s are the decade of the mid-life crisis. Pop music was divorced from its roots in the long range musical tradition and is now finally trying to deal with it. And the children of this divorce are as dysfunctional as can be expected. Hip-hop, that gloriously gyrating musical style has captured the bodies of the faithful. And what better music to portray the horrors of the sexual revolution than that which focuses primarily on the body. Just listening to current dance music and hip-hop is enough to make one gag. Why would anyone WANT to hear about this stuff, except to inspire inappropriate actions on the dance floor and in the bedroom?

And then there's that strange phenomenon called "indie", the rebellious eldest child of Pop. Always disagreeing with the parents just to disagree, and expressing that through music's pretty easy. Just don't do what anyone else is doing. The greatest sin is to be mainstream. if you see a trend, reject it.

I'm kind of dissatisfied with where pop has gone. Lady GaGa and Ke$ha, Nickelback, and Green Day. Owl City.

Certainly not boring. Pop is anything but boring.

Unless you actually think about it. The fact that the levels of complexity, the layers of meaning, the depths you can plumb in this music are about between 1 and 2. Not a singer? No need to be. Auto-tune it. ANYONE can be a pop-star. It takes no musical talent to be a musician anymore. All you need is a desire to work the system and the money to do it.

Take Lady GaGa for instance. She started out writing piano-pop/blues songs. they showed her skill, and she could sing. Now, it's all about effects on the voice, ruining any chance to share her real voice, raunchy lyrics, which completely degrade her, and music to make the body respond. It's one dimensional, and it's boring.

And they call Classical Music, Chant, Polyphony, The Beatles, The Moody Blues, The Beach Boys Boring?

If we wanted to engage our whole selves in the music, we could find enough to interest us for hours. That's how interesting it is. We are multi-faceted people. We should have multi-faceted music.

But no, it's pretty, maybe, but boring.

So much current music is both not pretty and boring.

Pop music should learn from its elders.

I have nothing against Pop music, but when that's the only music you'll listen to, it gets pretty obnoxious. Learn to use your mind when listening to music. Learn to expand your knowledge, broaden your horizons.

Or am I just preaching to the Choir?

Or are Choirs outdated?

I'm just preaching to the Band.

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