So, as the title suggests, I now have braces. They don't hurt that much, which is surprising, but they feel weird. Hopefully I won't have any problems.
Now it's time to approach my favorite decaying subject: music. Has anyone noticed how horrible it's been getting? Let's go by genre.
Ever heard of country/rap? IT SHOULDN'T EXIST! But it does. And that's weird. But the country/rap we hear is absolutely meaningless. Sure it can be fun hearing a big Southern accent rush those words, but most of us would like to hear some real music. Get your genres straight. Would you like a laugh? Listen to "Drink to that all Night" by Jerrod Niemann. If you are afraid that this will influence you to like c/r, don't worry. I don't think that's possible with the song. But not only is it country/rap that's giving country a negative feeling. It's just that the songs nowadays have absolutely no meaning. There are pretty much two subjects for country: hot women and party/drinking. Of course there are a few detours on that like Blake Shelton's "Boys 'round Here". But that's just because that's an even worse song. What irritates me so much is that a lot of the new songs start off with really cool tunes. But then they throw it all away to concentrate on stupid lyrics. NO meaning, and they're putting so many special effects in. Country used to be so strong because it depended most of all on the voice. I'm not saying there aren't good songs out there today; just saying there are very few. Take the Eli Young Band, for instance. I love so much of their music. Interesting tunes, varied meanings, and a great voice. But their most recent song is "Drunk Last Night." I'm very disappointed with them, reverting to a drinking song. But let's continue.
I list bluegrass after country only because country was the most demanding. I much prefer bluegrass. The issues? Well, there aren't that many. Bluegrass has always had its flaws, and they make it what it is. If its flaws stay consistent, hopefully the good parts will, too. But some flaws are coming to the surface now. That includes a country deficit, lack of meaning. Or rather, overused meaning. I'm not talking about the murder or cheating songs--those are varied so much in bluegrass, and they are classic. But some of the guys overuse songs about home. Let me just say, bluegrass is a great genre for songs about home. But the way they are written and sung should be original. Another problem, though, is a lot of songs are getting out of the bluegrass genre. I mean, have you heard "Wagon Wheel" by the Old Crow Medicine Show? I mean, it was so horrible that Darius Rucker took it! There are some really good bluegrass songs that are new, but I hope bluegrass artists remember that bluegrass is a time-honored tradition, and the old feel is something special that they produce. Original but traditional. That's key.
Some of the stupidest songs ever come from pop. Sometimes the auto-tuning is so bad you can't even understand the words. But there are others that you wish you couldn't understand. An example? Oh, sure. "What Does the Fox Say." Seriously? What does this mean? And why does it belong in music? One of my favorite songs is "Say Something" by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera. That song took off really well. And you know why? The people were looking for something. Something different. Something that fills the hole most pop dug in their hearts. We love our music. People have been singing since Bible times. So we will always be searching for new songs. We may listen to a song nonstop for an entire day. The next day we want a new song. It's just natural for humans, but there should be so many songs that we're not able to listen to a single good song a day. We should have to juggle between fifteen or more. Sadly this is not the case. Pop is the most listened-to genre, and it kind of makes you wonder what people are feeling. I don't think pop can make a come-back to being stations people want their kids listening to unless someone starts working really hard, and even then it'll take a few more people and a few years. I look forward to a new age, but i doubt it will happen.
So, have I depressed you yet? Are you feeling horrible for liking some of the songs I listed? One thing you should remember is that there is good music out there, in all three of those genres and more. You probably know that already, but I hope this makes you realize some things you didn't. If you want me to post a playlist of good music sometime, just comment and ask and submit some songs if you have any. Thank you for reading.