Music and Society Today: Ear Candy or Behavior Modification From the rhythm of the beat flowing through your body or the lyrics having such influential power it affects one’s behavior, attire and figure of speech. As there is no true way to avoid it, the thought that would arise is the values portrayed in mass media. In this particular paper, the researcher looked further into the different types of music and the different groups in society that listen to them.
On the opposing side, opinions stand strong debating music as simply an ear candy to the millions of listeners who relate to the flowing notes and rhythmic words as a luxury to one’s inner self. As the researcher inspects how others portray music and the effects it might have in one’s life through newspaper articles to books that include years of research to back up their beliefs that music affects society in many different ways rather than just a form of pleasure. Music is all around us as we go throughout each day.
Whether it be the classical tune as the elevator takes you to your floor desired or the loud blast of a rock concert as each and every person screams with excitement. You might say music is there rather we consciously chose for it to be or not. When you think back to your youth, there is always some particular tune or musical lyrics that you will never be able to forget. Perhaps this tune or lyric is associated with a memory that is very special to you or perhaps even a traumatizing moment that is too scary to forget.
Regardless what the case may be, the thought remains if the music at mind actually affected your life or was it just a detail in a memory. As the researcher began to look for evidence to support whether or not these accusations was in fact accurate, there was unlimited articles where people had very different opinions. In one particular article, research discovered a non-profit organization called “Justice through Music” (Leibel, 2004). This particular group was founded by an attorney named Jeff Cohen (Leibel, 2004).
Mr. Cohen felt music impacted young adults and teenagers in such a strong manner that by combining musical artist and political issues, this would help them become more aware of the world’s political happenings Leibel, 2004). The thought which is normally negative when related to music, this particular man felt that it could result in a positive outcome. He also felt strong in believing this combination truly increased important issues including the importance of voting (Leibel, 2004).
As we notice how this attorney felt music had effects on our young society, there was also other research found where society in different situations and circumstances also would agree. Although both citizens felt music was more than just a form of pleasure, this view believed that music was causing negative outcomes. Johnnie Williams III, a motivational speaker who concluded that a lot of younger people’s behavior, appearance, and speech are without a doubt affected by music icons and their explicit lyrics (Williams, 2002).
This particular research had similar beliefs as the researcher was proposing early which was believed that gospel and Christian music was a way to feel more connected spiritually and not something society mimics just for the enjoyment of the beat or high demand of its pleasurable feel good rhythm (Williams, 2002). Mr. Williams mentioned that musical videos was mass groups of Video Visionaries which was perceived as the way musical composers lived in reality instead of the composed prop strictly used to fulfill entertaining purposes only (Williams, 2002). Mr.
Williams is not in the minority of believing that negative outcomes can begin in negative musical lyrics. Rap music, in particular, can have some very explicit lyrics which the artist can deliver them as a real way of life. Along with these negative lyrics, music videos give the listener a visual to go along with interrupting these lyrics in to real life scenarios. While both of these situations are completely different, both seem to share the same beliefs of music and its effects on society. The researcher felt very strong with both scenarios and felt they both validated these conclusions with complete understanding.
However, there were other pieces of studies completed or simply articles of different perspectives of people truly believing that music had no effect on society other than pleasure. There were some statements made that society felt that a person’s mood could alter the type of music preference, but still had no major effects or outcomes from listening to it. As one study was organized to conclude musical practices in daily life, women were asked to describe their life and its relationship to music (DeNora, 2000).
Basically, these women were asked to express their types of music preference to everyday life situations or emotions (DeNora, 2000). The outcome was in understanding with the researcher’s feelings to agree that different moods would provoke different musical needs. This particular study was aimed more at music and people’s desires to comfort and want to listen to it; not so much as to what they could get out of music. Some of participants explained how listening to calm, soothing piece of music, helped them to relax after a long day at the office (DeNora, 2000).
The researcher could relate to this study to the fact that if an activity such as a workout or a high energy activity, the music preference would most likely involve a fast-paced beat or something more intense to help set the mood for lively emotions. As a way of showing music for enjoyment would be Georges Bizet’s Opera Carmen (DeNora, 2000). It showed readers how music helped to increase one’s imagination and perception of things. Some people in society believed music’s lack of serious affects made it nearly impossible to identify music’s significance (DeNora, 2000).
The researcher reviewed numerous opinions that shared similar arguments stating the lack of reliable evidence to state whether or not music could actually affect society in any way. Another aspect one could evaluate would be music and it’s affects regarding religion. As each church one might visit, it is without thought that there will be some type of music in sharing praise throughout the congregation. As for the emotional bond with music and religious groups, The National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses would believe their music is without a doubt a way to not only praise God, but to become emotionally involved (Wade, 2009).
As the researcher not only documents religious groups strong feelings on the effects of music and their faith, past and current experiences can confirm their feelings to agree with these statements. As the congregation shares their love for Christ, feelings of true love sends a tingling sensation throughout each and every one. In each and every aspect, portrays of music can be different from each and every person. Where one might simply see music as a beautiful composer of musical beats and lyrics that flow so smoothly within themselves; another might feel that it is somehow a way to give instruction or an example of how one should behave.
As researched mentioned above the emotion involved in music in a religious scenario, a newcomer to the religious setting might not feel this emotion as one who is accustom to this regular expression of their love to God. Another aspect could be the teenager listening to the newest popular upbeat music on their parent’s radio driving home from school; while their parents are completely annoyed by these juvenile, explicit, repetition their child refers to as “cool”. Concluding all of the research conducted to determine the question of the unanswered, what the researcher must decide.