I believe that mainstream music is overrated. Every morning I follow my daily routine; wake up at 6:30 am, brush teeth, shower, and brow-dry hair. After this, to feel alert, I usually turn on the television and flip through the channels. Fifteen, twenty, twenty-two, twenty-four, twenty-eight, twenty-nine. I stay on this channel because what’s better than starting your morning off with some music to liven your spirit? I gaze deeply at the television and think to myself, ” Is this deja vu?”. No, it’s no deja vu, it’s just the media abusing it’s playing right, sort of like corrupt government officials of the communist regime. I respect the artists of mainstream music for their talent and dedication to their work; however, I do believe that their music is overplayed. It’s entirely not their fault, because this is the only way to gain instant popularity. In a way, I feel sorry for these artists. Their songs are transformed into somewhat of a younger sibling: an absolute annoyance you wish would just dissipate into thin air. I was horrified when they began playing Imogen Heap’s “Hide and Seek” on the radio. It was one of my favorite songs. Something that I felt was mine alone was stripped away from me and thrown like a dog’s bone to the masses. I believe that mainstream music is not something I find personal, but rather, something that will keep me informed with what’s “in” in music. I believe that the music we listen to defines who we are as people. I believe the influence of mainstream music has caused everyone to become disillusioned with what music should really be, a form of self-expression. I believe I should be able to choose my own music rather than being bombarded with the overplayed music of the mainstream. Do not think that I will readily let you drag me by the ears, Mister or Misses mainstream music.
Chau - Lincoln, Nebraska
Entered on November 26, 2008
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