The dumbing down of music

Music by definition is an art of sound in time that expresses ideas and emotions in significant forms through the elements of rhythm, melody, harmony, and color. I for one love music, I believe it is therapy in the form of sound, teaching lessons along the way while relating to us in some way, shape, or form. If used correctly music can provide knowledge and hope, encouraging others and empowering many. Unfortunately there are many artists who I believe abuse this gift. Let’s just be honest, the world is already full of negativity, chaos, and sorrow; so I don’t understand why many artists choose to push negative messages.

I can’t count the number of times I’ve turned on the radio to hear artists pushing messages of misogyny, the objectivity of women, violence, and drug use. The main goal seems to be to boast about how much money you have compared to the next man. This is paried with how many women you can conquer sexualy. On several occasions I have heard artists state that “they make music for the everyday person, and want to relate” I’m sorry but the average working man or woman isn’t constantly under the influence or raking in millions of dollars a year. Yes every artist has the freedom of speech, but I feel they should use it to uplift not tear down.

It’s important to note that every artist does not fall into this category, and many times it is the record label that pressures artists to make certain songs. While I understand this, I wish that more artists would show some integrity and take their craft more seriously. There are so many issues affecting all of us that need to be addressed. Musicians have the privilege of having a voice that will be heard, if only more would use that voice for something positive.

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