Music: An Endless Revolution

Audrey Miller, Features Editor

Music, collectively from all eras, countries, and people, generate a similar feeling to all those who hear it. There’s nothing that can quite compare to the feeling of relief that can be brought about by hearing the right song at the right time. Whether it is searching for the perfect tune to pump up the party, looking for a melody that relaxes the mind after a hard day, or trying to find the beat that will turn bad days into something good and positive, music will always be something the world can rely on. Good music is eternal and that’s why it is considered to be the universal language. Songs give us something to feel, something to believe in, and that will never change. What has changed, however, are the styles, fads, and new technologies that together produce a whole new range of music for today’s audience to enjoy.

In the past, artists had a microphone, some back-up instruments, and their voice. In more recent years, artists have been given the ability to produce sick tracks using voice synthesizers, turntables, mixers and sequencers. Techno music, a mix of electronic and dance music, emphasizes rhythm and utilizes the advancements in music production. With studio effects and futuristic and electric sounds, techno has climbed the charts and pleased a new generation of listeners with something new and upbeat. LMFAO and 3OH!3 are just two of the popular groups experimenting with this latest craze, and fully succeeding with chart-topping hits such as “I’m in Miami Trick” and “My First Kiss”.

“Music is definitely not what it used to be,” Sophomore Stephanie Rodriquez said, “I just can’t picture myself busting a move to “Livin’ on a Prayer”. Don’t get me wrong, I mean, there are numerous songs from the 60s, 70s, and 80s on my iPod. I just can’t imagine limiting myself to that type of music. I thrive on upbeat and crazy sounding songs. It’s kind of a part of me.”

Another major shift in the entertainment world: freedom of expression. While the message of the music has changed, the language of the song has evolved as well. There was once a day when Elvis Presley could only be filmed from the waist up, when controversial lyrics were censored, and when music containing themes such as sexuality, violence, and politics were banned.

Today’s music, on the other hand, looks past what was once prohibited and focuses mainly on the relationship between the lyrics and the listeners. Now, songs tend to glorify many lifestyles that exist in today’s society. Although rappers such as Eminem and Lil’Wayne may not have been labeled as “appropriate” back then, they are possibly two of the most successful artists of the decade. It was once said that Eminem doesn’t just rap, he raps about life. When people can relate to the lyrics of a song, it becomes more enjoyable. In the present day, it seems like music is much more relatable.

“Sometimes I feel like a certain song was written just for me. When I can associate with the message the artist leaves behind, it makes music so much more valuable,” Senior Alex Morales said, “Sometimes the lyrics aren’t always happy and G-rated, but if you think about it, neither is life.”

If you turn on the radio, you’ll hear that same song about love and that same song about heartache. The only difference is that it has been revamped to suite today’s styling. The once placid days of the waltz have long been forgotten, slow dancing isn’t much of a thrill at a club, and ballads don’t cut it when it comes to throwing a party.

Ty Bentli, Kiss FM’s Radio Show Host, once told his audience, “The reason why people turn to music is because it hasn’t changed, though the story of the tune has.” This story is one that will continuously revolutionize as the years go by, constantly outshining amazing songs you once thought could not be equaled.