By Carlo Leon Sadang | 28 March 2022
We all have some level of appreciation and talent about this. For those who got lucky, they can make their music and hit the notes as well. While most of us are simply listeners and fans of musical creators our natural tendencies are more into the melody rather than the meaning of the song. Have we ever asked ourselves the meaning of the songs we know to sing but can we immediately explain the story or meaning of the song? Music has not only been one of the forms of entertainment it has also been used to rally a people. It has been used in the most sacred of man’s endeavors like weddings. This is when the music is at its best.
Music requires melody and rhythm. Lately, though, rap, hard rock and even seemingly senseless chattering somehow manage to be considered music. Maybe one day, everyone will be able to appreciate this type of music.
There is nothing wrong with music. It is part of the human experience. It involves creativity and passion. Music only becomes a problem and will continue to remain a problem once garbage music continues to be made. We can never underestimate the power of unconscious thought. The more garbage music produced by seemingly morally ignorant creators and the more popular they become to the masses the more dangerous they actually are. I would encourage you to challenge yourself and write down 10 of your favorite songs and go through the lyrics. Try to get the meaning of each and then after which be the judge if the song is garbage or a good one. Be objective about it. If the song is about forbidden love, violence or hedonism then it immediately falls into the garbage category. If the song is just about tripping and having fun but without violating any moral standards then categorize it as neutral. And finally, if the song is about life principles, family & love to name a few then categorize this as good music.
Once you have done this self-analysis from your 10 favorite songs of all time, ask yourself one thing. Why do I have such a low score? I won’t try to be an expert and give an explanation to this and come up with a conclusion. I guess the most accurate explanation I can give is that the rhythm and melody seem to govern over the meaning of the song which is the typical way of appreciating songs.
As I have observed songs evolve throughout the decades, I have realized that songs with good melody and rhythm seem to be the ones that have stood the test of time. These types of songs are usually love songs and being love songs requires structure and order to be naturally appealing.
Another thing I would like to discuss is the forgotten songs. A lot of forgotten songs with good melody and rhythm together with sensible lyrics somehow got lost in time. If some of you remember the song “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston for the soundtrack of the movie The Bodyguard, it was not actually Whitney who originally sang this song. It was Dolly Parton. The song was modified and given more of a modern beat, not to mention it is the soundtrack of the blockbuster movie.
So the next time you hear a song, regardless of the artist pay very close attention to the lyrics and the meaning of the song. If it sows illogical and immoral undertones then stay away from it. Hate it. But if the song is beautiful in melody, rhythm and lyrics and does not seem to violate any moral laws then my suggestion is for you to try and appreciate it.
Remember the power of the unconscious mind. The more you are aware of the songs you like the more you convert the unconscious thoughts to the conscious and the more you really have control over yourself. With honesty to oneself and by doing this simple exercise it may open up insight into who you really are as a person. It may help you scratch the surface of self-discovery. Try it. You have the right to censor yourself and what goes into your mind. De-pollute yourself from the garbage that has piled up into your taste and unconsciously dictated to you what kind of music to patronize and you will see the difference the next time you turn on the radio or listen online.
Carlo Leon Sadang is a technical researcher and an engineer. He currently finishing his ebook about ethical and moral standards. He is still actively working as an engineer while writing ebooks on the side.