The previous posts shouldn’t be interpreted as a “campaign against love songs”. This wouldn’t make sense. Songwriters are free to write about whatever they please. Moreover, I do listen to love songs, and I agree that many of them are truly beautiful. I just think composers should try to be a bit more creative and experiment with other subjects. Variety is good.
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An obvious example of an universal yet neglected subject: parental love. One might argue that many composers dedicate their pieces to their children, and go ahead mentioning several related song titles. But it wouldn’t change the fact that this kind of song belongs to the minority. Romantic and/or carnal love is still the major theme. Should I assume one’s lovers are more important than their children? I hope that’s not the case.
Love is an universal feeling. It’s only natural (and desirable) that this fact is reflected in so many songs. At least this is what the romantic ones might claim. Not that I disagree. I just think there are TOO MANY love songs. There are many other universal feelings and natural things in life, but most of them remain overlooked by songwriters.
I know there has always been love songs, even in times when people didn’t make music to get rich and famous. I also know many songwriters are sincere when they express tender feelings in their pieces. I should also add that some of the insincere ones are quite successful as well, that is, they may not give a damn for love, but still they manage to convince us of the contrary.
Why are there so many love songs? Can’t people write songs about anything else? I know, love sells. I don’t know if it sells as much as sex, yet I’m sure many, many people are willing to buy love related stuff. So I assume this is one of the main reasons behind the outstanding amount of love songs available.
My father is currently addicted to a certain online game. Well, I wouldn’t have anything to do with that… wasn’t it for the fact that the game’s soundtrack is too repetitive and is driving me crazy. I can’t stand it anymore. I often catch myself “hearing” that song on my mind, even when dad isn’t playing that game.
I don’t know why, but it’s a fact: I currently have Billy Paul’s song “July, July, July” stuck on my mind. One might say it’s due to the fact that the song’s title refers to the current month, but that would be a quite simplistic explanation. Now, off to search for the lyrics.
According to a friend of mine, if you can’t appreciate pop music, it only proves that you are an “insensitive” person. Of course I disagree. One cannot judge your degree of sensitiveness based solely on your music tastes (nor on his/her own). Besides, calling someone “insensitive” just because they don’t agree with you sounds childish, at least in most cases. Pop music can be great… and can be trashy too. There’s nothing wrong in admitting that.