The Aesthetics of Music in popular music

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Today’s topic is going to talk about the aesthetics of music in all it’s glory. Most people hear music and simply enjoy it solely because it’s catchy and the song sounds cool. There are quite a lot of things going on in a song, but together they make the song that we all sing in the car every day to class or work. For instance, there are things in a song like an introduction, verse, pre-chorus, chorus, the meaning of the song, the production, etc.

An important part of aesthetics are the themes used in them. If you want popular music, a relatable theme is important. Themes used in popular music are mainly love related or about topics that have been recycled throughout the years. Though the theme of love is a topic that is always going to be on someone’s mind, for that reason it hasn’t faded out yet. Other common topics would be drug use and the party scene, which are extremely popular for the younger generation.

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The thematic variation makes or breaks a song. For example, popular songs use recurrence quite a bit. Now if a song uses recurrence too much, the song will be found annoying. It’s important to not overstep any notable boundaries when using a thematic variation. Other thematic variations that are used: transposition, alternation and inversion.

The evolution of a song from beginning to end is important to the listener. When a song evolves it means for the song to change and grow as it progresses.  A song that doesn’t evolve as the song progresses won’t leave a mark on the listener. It helps the listener stay interested and to stay focused on what’s happening in the song.

In conclusion, without aesthetics… would that even be music? It’s what makes music, music. Without music in my life I wouldn’t know how to live with myself.

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