So let’s begin with clearing out the air about my musical knowledge. It is very limited in terms of knowing artists, but I do listen to a lot of what they call ‘non-mainstream’ stuff. So if I do make comments or have opinions which you don’t agree with, please feel free to leave a comment or your opinion on it.
Mainstream music, they say it’s the kind of music that is known by general public and which may not always sound great but will make it to a large audience because of the attention it generates. This is sometimes because of the music videos, the popularity of the artist and or the negativity attached to it (Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines)
I think mainstream music is, on a personal level, pretty okay. It is music and on a personal level it is a musical choice for some. Maybe this music is more ‘them’ than other non-mainstream music. This is there expression of music. The Beatles, were a mainstream band and so was Queen but today people believe they are legends ( I would not like to contest that, because I believe it). What is mainstream for our generation is legend for another.
The strongest argument towards mainstream music is the lyrics that are being used or well lack of it. Of course this isn’t true for all ‘mainstream’ music. Lifehouse, Seal (Kiss from a Rose), Maroon 5, Goo Goo Dolls have been part of this list of ‘mainstream music’ and the lyrics they have for many of their songs are far from ‘nonsensical’.
We need accept and appreciate the fact that in today’a day and age the taste for music has changed. The kind of music that is appreciated by the larger audience is of a different sense and just because it is ‘popular’ doesn’t mean it sucks. It is part of someone else’s frame work of great music and maybe a few years later the music being played will be part of the new generation’s framework of what constitutes good music.
The music we love today probably was what mainstream in some day and age and not loved by all. The music we believe is brilliant and not mainstream could one day become mainstream and maybe lose some part of it’s musical charm because of that.
Music, especially mainstream is also a reflection of the westernized times we live in. We do live in a day and age of drugs, sex and alcohol and we need to accept that too. Music reflects this, most lyrics talk about ‘partying it up’ and ‘getting drunk’ before was the time of greater revolutions within the world. About changing things. And how the music changes the world and affects society too.
Of course music fanatics would argue with me and sya that music isn’t about the popularity and would if it’s good music it would be appreciated by all. This isn’t about the popularity alone, it’s about the kind of music that is popular and how it isn’t ‘really music’. In terms of that i think the old music, the music we refer to classics today isn’t very much appreciated by the younger generation because it wasn’t mainstream enough then and neither is it now. Is it then correct to say maybe the ‘non-mainstream’ is the kind that sucks?
Probably not, because I love this off beat music which tries and mashes world’s together and the world they mash up isn’t even aware of this mash up. A lot of times we miss out on beautiful music because of the mainstream culture taking over. the absolute indifference to different kinds of music is a little unnerving too.
Then again, all that being said, I am not against mainstream music. I think it’s different kind of music with a larger following. Mainstream music tends to the hearts and souls of a larger audience and connects with a larger audience( negatively, positively) and that in it’s own is a huge thing, a thing that should be appreciated and not ostracized. Don’t ridicule mainstream music just because ‘it’s too mainstream’, back this hate up with a stronger argument or not.
These mixed feeling maybe confusing. BUT Mainstream Music for the win ( for the people who love it!)