Music is one of the main things in ny life that truly brings me happiness. I can’t even explain my feelings about music. Bottom line is that music is magical. So, I’m at work listening to my Pandora and the station I’m listening to right now is Old School Rap. I’m probably in the majority that thinks that old school music is the best. It’s way better tham today’s music and I’m only 25 years old. Now don’t get me wrong. There are artists today who are taking music to whole other places and doing something unique with it. Those people are true artists, but sadly most of the rap genre has gone downhill but that is just a generalization of course. There are a select few who are doing great things in hip hop, but listening to these oldies…rap hits that came out in the 70s, 80s, and 90s brings so much nostalgia that sometimes I just get the chills and I wasn’t even born in the 70s or 80s but that’s the beauty of music. Music transcends race, decades, generations, and so forth. Earlier the song “Me, Myself, and I” by De La Soul was on and I was just like “Wow! This is true music right here.” Music should conjure up those feelings. Music truly is a universal language.
Today I was contemplating on the fact that music serves many purposes. There’s this guy at work who found out that I love oldies and ever since then he’s been talking to me about different songs from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. It made me realize that music. A couple of days ago he told me to look up a song by the Paris sisters called “I Love How You Love Me,” which apparently came out in the early 60s if I’m not mistaken. That’s when it really hit me that music can be a bonding experience. When you find someone who likes the same type of music as you it’s a way to connect with that person. They could even turn you on to some of their favorite artists and vice versa. Music can also bond two lovers. Some lovers have a special song that reminds them of their significant other. Other than bonding music also has the ability to heal. There is some music that is meant to calm you such as classical music or soft ballads. Then you have music that’s meant to get you hype such as “crunk” music which hails mainly out of Atlanta, GA with artists like Lil John, Lil Scrappy, YoungBloodz, and many more. I just think it’s great that music has so many languages.
Listening to classical may seem pretentious to some. You may seem nerdy if you tend to enjoy the nuances of classical music, but classical can be awesome and also quite soothing. There have been studies that have shown that classical music is good to study to. Once in awhile I really enjoy listening to classical. Admittedly, classical music isn’t my go to but occasionally I do like to listen to it and I do have my favorites. Some of my favorite classical tunes are very well known. They are how you say…the classics! Some of my favorites include Beethoven’s “Fur Elise” and Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.” There’s a performance on YouTube of an orchestra playing “Fur Elise” and I think it’s one of the best performance of Beethoven’s masterpiece. I especially love the piano player in this. He nailed it and you can see how he just feels the music throughout his body. Below is the link. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4d0LOuP4Uw
Do you ever just listen to a piece of music and suddenly get the chills? You just can’t believe how good it is. That seriously just happened to me. I was listening to the Twenty One Pilot’s song “Fairly Local” and there’s one part that blew me away even though I’ve heard the song multiple times. That song just never gets old. It’s so crazy how music can have that effect on people. Music can sometimes just consume me and I just get so into it.
In terms of music I would have to say that 50s is one of the best decades in music. I’m only 25 years old but I have an appreciation for the oldies and I actually have 50s rock and roll as one of my stations on Pandora. Musicians like Bobby Darin, Elvis Presley, Louis Armstrong, Little Richard, and so many more have made a lasting impression on how I look at music. A lot of the music in the 50s is more than just lyrics. Sometimes it can just be about those big jazz breaks. I feel like an old soul when I listen to that music. One of my favorite songs from that era is Jerry Lee Lewis “Great Balls of Fire.” Jerry Lee Lewis was the epitome of 50s rock and roll. I definitely feel like people should listen to it more and have an appreciation for different types of music in general. We should never be pigeon holed into one type. I’m young and I have such an eclectic taste in music that it’s crazy. My playlist is bipolar and it’s great. So branch out and discover what music is out there that you haven’t tried.
Art is beautiful and music is wonderful but combined they can be dynamic. I live in Goldsboro, NC and on the surface Goldsboro doesn’t seem like a thriving artistic city, but I have recently learned that there is more to Goldsboro than meets the artistic eye. The Arts Council of Wayne County is at the center of it all. They focus on supporting local artists. I took a journey downtown today to check it out mainly because I had to write an article about. I am a volunteer writer for Carolina Monthly. Part of the lure of this place for me is that the actually have a music alley, where they have displayed artwork that shows off the beauty of music. Music plays a very important part of my life and I believe it to be one of the most important things in life and to me art (any kind of art) is a cultural experience. I’m so happy to have found this place. They have upcoming art exhibits, they have an art market with trinkets created by local artists, and they have many opportunities for artists to make a name for themselves in the community. I look forward to getting more involved and creating my own stuff.
How can I explain this? The Skeleton Clique is the die hard fans and Twenty One Pilots is the band. For people who haven’t heard about the band Twenty One Pilots or know very little about them they are out of this world amazing to me. I started paying attention to the band when “Stressed Out” came out, which was really their break out mainstream song in my opinion, but unbeknownst to me they had released other songs that I was familiar with that I didn’t even know was theirs like “Ride” and “Heathens” from the Suicide Squad soundtrack (which was a movie that I heard was horrible on many occasions). But for me the appeal of this band is the fact that you can’t put them into a box. They don’t belong to one genre of music. You hear them and you hear rap, pop, indie, and even some reggae influence. Their music is very refreshing for me because it is so different. I would have to say that my favorite songs by them so far is “Migraine” and “Fairly Local.” They have been added to my list of artists I must see in concert!