Not directly aimed at Vivo but I'm merely using his comments for, well, a rant I guess...
Vivo wrote: ShelLuser wrote:
Vivo wrote:But, I feel music has become to much about the back up dancers, the set design and the light show.
We've forgotten what a real performance LOOKS like.
Don't you mean what it sounds
No, I mean what it LOOKS like, meaning just some musicians playing their instruments on a stage. Meaning, no back up dancers, no elaborate set design and light show.
If people think that just watching musicians play their instrument on stage is boring then they were really not that into their **MUSIC** were they?
I've given this a little more thought (as mentioned a few times above; in general I do agree with Vivo) and now I can't help myself wonder....
First (for context): During the time Britney Spears came along with her song "Baby one more time..." I was working on a department which had a radio on. Never bothered me, but it did 'hit' me then and there that this particular song (and many others) were basically playing at least once every hour. Hearing it 2 or 3 times during a working day was no exception.
If you hear something a couple of times you can actually take a liking to it. Or end up never wanting to hear it again I suppose
I think this is part of the deal.
Now.. Not caring very much for 'popular' or such but still having an open mind for a different styles I eventually came across JPop and other Asian music and in general (there are always exceptions) took quite a liking to it. Although even this is shifting nowadays there were plenty of artists who could give quite a performance without much background or show...
One of the better examples to that (IMO) is "Tamashii no Rufuran" (the original) by Megumi Hayashibara. Lemme check... HERE
(youtube link). Its a very slow song, I wouldn't be surprised if some of you won't like it.
Don't get confused; there is a popular remix too. Megumi-kun is a voice actor in a very popular anime ("Neon Genesis Evangelion") and eventually her song ended up being used there, but in a remix. Which made many fans of both genres go "WHOAH!" (yours included).
But what caught me the very first time I heard this was the intro; hardly any backup music, some parts even without any music at all and she still kept going in tune. Make no mistakes here; Megumi-kun even managed to pull that off LIVE on stage as well.
And when comparing that (IMVHO:) musical power to modern Western popular music here I have to concur; here its a lot focussed on show aspects.
Which brings me to.... Some people like the music genre, some people don't.
But there are also plenty of people around who don't like music they can't understand anymore. In your childhood you may have heard plenty of English music and not understanding one word of it, maybe only hearing it again later and wondering "Was that it?!".
Asian music is a bit harder... I have quite some friends who take a big liking in techno / trance and other dance music but can take no liking to JPop from, say, Ayumi Hamasaki (THIS
(another youtube link), 'M' above & beyond remix is a very good example of the genre) even though IMVHO her music isn't all that different from dance tracks we get over here (I'm no expect on dance music mind you).
My take is that it is the language, better put; not understanding it, which puts a lot of people off.
Back to Gangam Style....
Many people consider the videoclip uber funny. Watch it several times because of it.
Is it possible that the music "grew" on them, eventually breaking down the barrier of "I don't understand a word he/she is singing so I don't like it"?
Heck; its that same reason why I think the new (now old) rules of the Eurovision song festival suck; everyone can sing in any language they like instead of being forced to use their native home language.
No; I'm not a fan of the song festival but my gf is (sigh)