‘STOP WAIT A MINUTE…. fill my cup put some liquor in it!’
……Were the lyrics that I awoke to this morning when my Pandoraradio started my rotation of ‘feel good’ music. Unless you are a complete termite and live under some rock or something, you probably wouldn’t recognize the lyrics above as being Bruno Mars’; ‘Uptown funk’. Dubbed one of the many songs that reflect today’s ‘quality music’. Deemed so by our elusive top 100’s billboard of modern music. So today, avid reader; I’m going to start this new blog with something I find very interesting!
What is it that makes music so #catchy? I later checked out the lyrics and after a bit of heavy research (ahem, lyric meanings.com) was appalled at the message it was sending.
I gasped as i realized…. I had fallen victim, as many have; to the ‘pop culture of today’.
Now you could talk to my Greece/High school musical crazed best friend Ash… she would preach that musicals and pop culture was the definitive ‘style’ of music that keeps life interesting.
Then you could talk to my Boyfriend and if you even mentioned a whisper of ‘Remix, Top 100’s or RnB’, and he would literally stare you down.
What is it that draws us to like certain styles of music?
I personally like a mix of 80’s 90’s and the earliest songs of this millennium. I must admit though, you might catch me bobbing my head along to some of Taylor Swift’s ‘Style’ now and then.
I remember reading an article a few years ago, stating that all Music plays with our emotions subconsciously, whether it be with a message, a progression of chords that we find appealing, down to the very voice whom owns the song.
(for me it’s got to be Coldplay, i don’t know why, but Chris’ pitch and tempo is perfect)
What i found particularly interesting however, was the fact that a lot of 3/4 time signatures ( the typical 1,2,3 and a 1,2,3) of modern and reminiscent music alike, in fact, correlate with the beating of our hearts.
‘The investigators report that listening to music initially produces varying levels of arousal – accelerated breathing, increased blood pressure and heart rate – that are directly proportional to the tempo of the music and perhaps the complexity of the rhythm.’ (ABC news 2005)
Now you could argue that Remix music, i.e
a) Timmy Trumpet’s ‘Freaks’
which has little to no use of emotive, expressive or influential language whatsoever.
Just check out the lyrics honestly;
‘The bass and the tweeters make the speakers go to war!
Ah, the mighty trumpet brings the freaks out to the floor!
The bass and the tweeters make the speakers go to war!
Ah, the mighty trumpet brings the freaks out to the floor!’
~ Timmy Trumpet, ‘Freaks’ 2014
But if you for a moment listen to the beat of the song from :55 to 1:00 and then for the remainder of the song from 1:55 to 2:56 you can actually hear the overriding beat behind the song as a definitive; one, and two and three and four, repeated over and over.
Does this not correlate somewhat to a heart beat?
Take another example, one that was an absolute rager during my schoolies week ( but that’s a story for another time)
b) Martin Garrix’s ‘Animals’.
EVEN LESS emotive, expressive and empathetic language then the previous one.
the entire lyrical analysis of the song can be summarised in four words.
‘ We’re the–F%$#$%# Animals’ x4
I’m not even joking.
I’ve gone into the liberty of finding the actual layout of the song ‘Animals’ to show you the beat at each interval.
Check out the song below; pay special attention to the area circled in yellow.
Nothing too exciting right?
Well, compare this to a standard 3 lead ECG trace. ( heart rate monitor)
Now how is it; that this song alone, from a DJ that’s the same age as myself. Has more hits than the most successful and influential song of the 80’s band Queen?
Perhaps it is psychology, or perhaps it is preference.
There’s an excellent article on the psychology of music here>>> http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-10/uoc-tma101513.php
But, It is in my belief that whilst any music can be influential, a lot of it has to do with the subconscious mind.