Music Culture

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Music Culture

Music can be a combination of tunes or beats lyrically put in a set of rhythms to pass some information. As a culture, music can be called an art introduced in ancient times for particular purposes. However, music is very complex as it is divided into different genres, representing people’s sense of choice and preference according to their personalities. The biggest reason behind the division of music into several genres is that every person seems interested in music related to their nature and character. What makes one person happy might not create another one happy too, whereby the same fact applies to music where people will listen to different genres based on how they are feeling, exposure, or the environment one grew up in. This paper has explained facts about the originality of different genres of music and how the culture affects the standard way of living, whether positive or negative.

Music has a lot of advantages, the most important one being about inspiring others. For centuries, music has been used as the motivation to the listeners as these artists also speak to their fans either directly or indirectly (Kruse, 40). As said earlier, music passes massage to the people, thus being used as a tool that generally influences the listeners’ lifestyle, hence proving that music affects the mind.

Society is controlled and defined by the culture in it. At the same time, music happens to be a culture accepted by all communities globally, hence being a unique one. Research done by Dr. Shaw shows that music provides both peaceful states of mind and is involved in sharing ideas, thoughts, or feelings, which influences how an artist feels about an issue in the community. Every artist sings what they think will make the listeners happy or relaxed. Other kinds of songs bring a state of loneliness or sorrow, which happen to be loved by some people.

Music culture relates to the listener’s behavior, meaning that the kind of music a person listens to defines a lot on the type of personality one has (Cook, 39). It is proven that the choice of music is connected to the functioning of the mind, where it is used as an activity so that one can exercise the brain to think out clearly. Again, music is a culture that keeps on updating itself, meaning that most listeners stay updated. Artists are now focusing on what is happening now as a way of capturing attention from their listeners. Music comes in hand with some advantages, which define the role the culture plays in society.

In our daily lives, we plan different kinds of celebrations where we meet and enjoy. Music in this matter happens to be the only determinant that decides whether the festival will be a success or not. By listening to music, the feeling makes most people happy, thus making it easy for them to celebrate and be excited. Occasions such as weddings are always cheered up by listening to music; hence it has become normality for almost every individual in the world. Again, passing information may be different from expressing oneself (Blacking, Bruno 24). Music can be used as a tool where the artist explains how they feel about themself, thus allowing the listeners to compare their situations with those of the artists.

Dancing brings happiness, burns calories, and makes the body fit. Music is defined by beats and rhythm set by the producer, whereby the artists use the moments to create movements that people use to dance. Dancing changes the mood of an individual while introducing a feeling of relaxation and happiness. Every genre has particular activities or dance styles, which are strictly followed by the fans. For example, people who listen to hip-hop tend to have a unique way of flexing their music, where they dance differently from people who listen to reggae or African music.

New trends come up every day, forcing people to switch from old to modern times (Bennett, 46). Music as a culture is considered a flexible sector, where music is being transformed into contemporary music. Unlike the ancient times, some artists are graduates who sing differently from local people, meaning that the kind of music they sing is highly upgraded and is covering the new era. Music is compared to art or can be termed as an art as people express their ability in thinking and other skills such as dancing. Art keeps on changing, meaning that music changes as time goes on.

Communication is done through music. Artists pass important messages to their listeners through music, expecting them to understand whatever the song says and abide by it (Kruse, 33). People express their feelings differently, meaning that a group of people will speak out directly; others will write notes or poems while others write songs to speak out for themselves. For example, J. Cole, a pop artist widely known for singing about what is happening now, expresses his feelings with sad or emotional songs well understood by his fans. On the other hand, King Von, a hip-hop artist, speaks his love to people who love violence or show off their riches. The two artists have special massages to their listeners, confirming that music is a form of communication.

Lastly, music is a culture that offers intimacy. Intimacy applies to both the listener and the singer, where each has a chance to quietly make decisions on what they feel and express themselves privately. People who cannot speak directly to others are highly favored by music, whereby artists express their deep feelings and other emotions to the people without fear (Cook, 38). Relatively, the listeners get private chances to listen to the music in their own time, where they compare their lives with what is being sung and make decisions out of it. Songs also act as a channel where people communicate with others privately as they always convey messages to different kinds of personalities possessed by human beings.

Works Cited

Bennett, Andy. Popular music and youth culture: Music, identity and place. Macmillan Press Ltd., 2000: 40-53

Blacking, John, and Bruno Nettl. Music, culture, and experience: Selected papers of John Blacking. University of Chicago Press, 1995: 20-45

Cook, Nicholas. Music, imagination, and culture. Clarendon Press, 1990: 36-40

Kruse, Holly. “Subcultural identity in alternative music culture.” Popular music 12.1 (1993): 33-41.