I was pretty excited when Dru asked me to write a guest post for G3 Radio. For one thing I’ll do anything I can to help them out, for two… I love blogging, for three I love music. Match made in heaven! Then comes the dilemma, what to write about?! Music obviously, but what part of it? I love all kinds of music, from Indie to Metal and Classical and everything in between!
What makes good music? Forgetting genre, style, vocals or any of the other trappings… at the heart what makes a song good or bad? Good music *says* something. It has a message and the song is the medium. Lyrics are the heart of any song and if those lyrics are strong enough they can even transcend horrible music. However every once and a while we get a song that makes the genre, vocals and beat work for the lyrics and we are left with incredible.
People often ask how I can listen to so many different songs. Or they want to know who my very favorite band is. Confession time: while I may have favorite bands I couldn’t tell you who’s in them. Honestly… I know nothing behind the music because I don’t care. I care about the music. How does a song make you feel? Or what does it make you think about?
A great song introduces an idea, or reminds you of something you forgot, or just brings a smile to your face and makes you want to stop what you’re doing and just let yourself fade into the song. It sparks emotion, it reaches a place that doesn’t care what the name of the lead singer is, or whether the old lead singer was better. It’s not fussed about labels, or record deals, it just is.
Take rap for example, this clearly illustrates the point being made. Go back to the early days of Dre, Snoop and Tupac. Especially Tupac. His songs were a social statement or message. Rap then was important, it said something. And the songs lasted, people still listen to, quote, and appreciate them. Modern rap? “My lip gloss is poppin’, my lip gloss is hot…” Someone get me a gun.
Any music, so long as the lyrics say something noteworthy, is good.
To end I leave you with a movie recommendation. This movie is brilliant, and rather applicable. 🙂 The Boat That Rocked
Today’s guest post is by Asheyna, one of our long time listeners, and part-time DJs. Read more of her stuff over at her blog, Musings of a Scattered Mind