Music and I have always had a very deep personal relationship. I was never able to listen to music and do other tasks like homework at the same time. This is because when I’m listening to a song that I really enjoy, my mind goes off into a different world and I think too much to actually get anything done. However music is still a really great to have on lone car drives and plane flights for me.
However my joy for music is also different compared to most people. I have no favorite artist or bands, I only have favorite songs. If you pick up my IPod and look at the list of longs and artists you’ll probably find something alone the lines of over 1000 songs and maybe just 1000 artists. And my taste in songs is also different from most people. The bulk of my music collection consists of songs from soundtracks and Christian worship songs. I was so happy when Itunes and Amazon MP3 started up and I could buy single songs for 99 cents. I was wasting so much money buying an entire CD just for one song.
So for this weeks prompt I had to choose a favorite song since I don’t have a favorite artist or album. So I chose one of my favorite worship songs titled “10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)” written by Matt Redman. I chose this songs because it’s a fairly new song that has become very popular among churches and Christians.
The song was inspired by Psalm 103 in the bible, and Redman wrote it with a friend. As far as asking if the song is honest or not I would say that yes it is, it seems like the song was written exactly how the artist intended it to be (Pike, n.d., para. 7). But this particular song is different compared to Kurt Cobain’s band. The idea that “the recording artist who seeks to be honest faces resistance from a for-profit industry and marketers” seems to be different with religious music. I haven’t done a whole lot of research on this topic so I could be wrong, but from what I found out about the song I chose was that they wrote the song, recorded it, and then someone bought it (Redman, n.d.).
I would also say that this song is independent, at least by my standards of what independent means. The song was written very quickly according to Redman, and the bulk of the song was written in one day. No one seemed to try and chance the song and as far as I can tell they never rewrote it. One could argue that the song is not independent because its based off of a Psalm which is already been written.
Now days it seems to be really easy to publish and show off your stuff independently; in the “Don’t Stop Believing” essay it was said that “even before YouTube, independent artists have been able to attract relatively smallish but incredibly loyal fan bases” (Pike, n.d., para. 22). This shows me that YouTube is not necessarily the reason why people can so easily get their stuff out by themselves. And its just songs and music, you can now self publish your own books and many other things independently.
Considering that the song is Christian religious, I’d say that the song is productive. But I think there are a lot of songs out there that are not very productive. I’ve never heard the song by Kurt Cobain’s band, but even with the background meaning behind the song, any song with the lyrics “Rape me” isn’t something anyone should be listening too. In my opinion there are so many songs out there that are sending bad messages, its not wonder that the our world is going to the dogs. This “Internet age is an era of conformity and commercialism (Pike, n.d., para. 36). I says that its not just the internet. Even on television they are adding in more and more commercials, you watch old reruns of television shows and find that they cut on scenes from the original airing to put in more commercial time.
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