[ The following is a column I wrote for The Eclectic Observer when I was a senior in high school. I will try to periodically introduce my back-catalog of columns as this blog continues. Nostalgia, you know. ]
As a teenager, you are automatically and stereotypically required to talk about music at least five times a day. I’m a teenager, so lets talk about music.
Many teens and adults agree, the current state of affairs for pop music can leave something to be desired for. Filled with disposable rhythms, uninspired lyrics, and often touchy subjects, listening to the radio today often does nothing to enhance or deepen your thoughts about anything, especially the meaning of the song.
That being said, pop music has gotten it right at times in history. Consider The Beach Boys’ classic 1966 hit, “Good Vibrations.” Or the B-52’s “Love Shack” in 1989. More modern perhaps, 1999’s “Smooth” by Santana should be considered genius.
I think, however, that pop has gotten it right once more, and that has happened very recently. Owl City, made famous for it’s hit “Fireflies,” should be very well respected. Described as “G-Rated synthpop,” Owl City’s melodies and lyrics should be described as nothing short of beautiful. If you plan to get someone under twenty a CD get them Ocean Eyes by Owl City.
The thing is, music may be one of the most unfair things that life has to offer. Consider this, the mere presence of music changes your emotions and your mood to fit the vain of what is playing. And music is everywhere. Restaurants, baseball games, supermarkets, arcades, pep rallies, and even churches use music to convey an emotion or a message.
If you happy, an upbeat song can put you in a hyper mood. If your sad, something softer and more thought-provoking often helps. Even break-ups can be comforted sometimes with the presence of the right kind of music.
The point is, be very careful what you listen to. It may have more of an effect on your mood than you think. Sometimes it can help, sometimes it can simply hurt your feelings.