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11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 3/4/10 - 10:49:01 AM EST (GMT-5)
The concept of a "catchy" song is probably only sixty years old, really. The phonograph wasn't invented till the late nineteenth century and Robert Johnson wouldn't sell his soul till the 1920s. Music was something significant. I asked a friend of mine if I could put on my music while we worked on a project. He said that he didn't want to think right now and preferred what he was already playing. He said his mind needed to shut off for a bit. He was listening to Fall Out Boy.

I am so happy that I am not a musician.
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 3/4/10 - 10:56:03 AM EST (GMT-5)
So, what do you think?

I really don't see a cultural upside to the massive proliferation of music we've seen over the past century. Music has helped us unlock tribal feelings in a civilized culture, and has developed a complexly varied repertoire of animal release, but has also been completely tamed by corporate greed. Not only has it been tamed, but it has been put on display and taught to us as distraction over substance. Those catchy tunes that are everywhere all the time hardly allow a thought to get in when they're bouncing around your skull. It's an infection without substance. It won't even kill you.
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 3/4/10 - 5:03:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
weird I prefer instrumentals if I dont want to think

though I do many times thing about them too.

11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 3/4/10 - 5:04:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
* If I have music on and am thinking about something else
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 3/4/10 - 9:04:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
As I was watching O Brother Where Art Thou? for the umpteenth time, I pondered this. An entire group of people started singing You Are My Sunshine. I thought that was nice. How often does this happen nowadays, except in church?

As for mass produced, I pondered this yesterday as I was watching Jo attempt to sing on The Real Housewives of Orange County. Here she is, with absolutely NO talent, and she's making a song. It pissed me off a little.
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 3/4/10 - 9:09:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'll say to this what I say to the same people that complain about the decline of music and pop charts and what have you

you aren't looking nearly hard enough!

great music is being produced at an exponential rate because it's becoming increasingly easier to get your stuff out there with the introduction and mass-proliferation of the internet

so there's more original stuff out there, if you take a minute and look for it
but, if you just turn on the radio and listen to whatever's playing, then yeah, you're going to be disappointed
you get out what you put in
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 3/4/10 - 9:20:21 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 3/4/10 - 9:04:07 PM Foxish wrote:
As I was watching O Brother Where Art Thou? for the umpteenth time, I pondered this. An entire group of people started singing You Are My Sunshine. I thought that was nice. How often does this happen nowadays, except in church?


Been a part of it, a number of times, actually...when plenty of singers get together, you either wind up with off-the-cuff a cappella versions of spirituals, or Bohemian Rhapsody. Depends on the group, really.
(But seriously, I've had both happen. All it takes is one voice!)

I'm the opposite of JB. Instrumentals draw me in and make me pay closer attention, probably because changes are lots of times more subtle and more difficult to notice.
I know some dudes who work out to Beethoven sonatas...I'd just stop running & pay attn. to the changes.
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 3/4/10 - 9:36:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 3/4/10 - 10:49:01 AM Wolf_In_Jar wrote:
The concept of a "catchy" song is probably only sixty years old


I wouldn't think so
Of course when you think of Indian, arabic, oriental classical lore musics, not exactly catchy.

But then I'm sure some Celtic stuff from a few centuries ago was very catchy, or Irish drinking songs, etc. stuff like that sounds pretty catchy to me.
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 3/4/10 - 10:41:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 3/4/10 - 9:04:07 PM Foxish wrote:
As I was watching O Brother Where Art Thou? for the umpteenth time, I pondered this. An entire group of people started singing You Are My Sunshine. I thought that was nice. How often does this happen nowadays, except in church? As for mass produced, I pondered this yesterday as I was watching Jo attempt to sing on The Real Housewives of Orange County. Here she is, with absolutely NO talent, and she's making a song. It pissed me off a little.


I can only assume she has a show based on having no talent
(its a reality show right?)

you are feeding the machine!
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 3/4/10 - 10:43:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 3/4/10 - 10:49:01 AM Wolf_In_Jar wrote:
The concept of a "catchy" song is probably only sixty years old
On Thursday 3/4/10 - 9:36:56 PM le_berger wrote:
I wouldn't think so Of course when you think of Indian, arabic, oriental classical lore musics, not exactly catchy. But then I'm sure some Celtic stuff from a few centuries ago was very catchy, or Irish drinking songs, etc. stuff like that sounds pretty catchy to me.


I would at least move it back 150 year or more too
I mean Battle Hymn of the Republic is catchy to me
so are lots of folk songs and spirituals.

(now I know those had meaning but still catchy)
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 3/4/10 - 11:27:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 3/4/10 - 10:49:01 AM Wolf_In_Jar wrote:
The concept of a "catchy" song is probably only sixty years old
On Thursday 3/4/10 - 9:36:56 PM le_berger wrote:
I wouldn't think so Of course when you think of Indian, arabic, oriental classical lore musics, not exactly catchy. But then I'm sure some Celtic stuff from a few centuries ago was very catchy, or Irish drinking songs, etc. stuff like that sounds pretty catchy to me.


Catchy is a word people use to describe music that is obviously kitschy or simply arranged to make a buck. People say, it's not good, but it's "catchy".

Irish drinking songs are about as pure as music comes, really. Also, music simply wasn't prevalent enough for people to make such a discernment centuries ago. It was an occasion to hear music.
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 3/4/10 - 11:28:54 PM EST (GMT-5)
I guess it's the perception of catchy that differs here
I don't associate catchy & without substance here
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 3/4/10 - 11:29:07 PM EST (GMT-5)
HERE
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 3/4/10 - 11:29:20 PM EST (GMT-5)
What are you calling catchy?

A melody?
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 3/4/10 - 11:30:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
yeah
a hook
something that's easily memorised
that sneakily seeps into the mind
and pops back almost at will
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 3/4/10 - 11:32:06 PM EST (GMT-5)
I guess I just have negative connotations of the word.

It's terribly nondescript anyway.
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 3/4/10 - 11:37:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 3/4/10 - 9:09:28 PM Kungfullama wrote:
I'll say to this what I say to the same people that complain about the decline of music and pop charts and what have you you aren't looking nearly hard enough! great music is being produced at an exponential rate because it's becoming increasingly easier to get your stuff out there with the introduction and mass-proliferation of the internet so there's more original stuff out there, if you take a minute and look for it but, if you just turn on the radio and listen to whatever's playing, then yeah, you're going to be disappointed you get out what you put in


I WANT MORE!!!

MOREMOREMORE
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 3/4/10 - 11:38:51 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 3/4/10 - 9:20:21 PM birdsong4j wrote:
Been a part of it, a number of times, actually...when plenty of singers get together, you either wind up with off-the-cuff a cappella versions of spirituals, or Bohemian Rhapsody. Depends on the group, really. (But seriously, I've had both happen. All it takes is one voice!) I'm the opposite of JB. Instrumentals draw me in and make me pay closer attention, probably because changes are lots of times more subtle and more difficult to notice. I know some dudes who work out to Beethoven sonatas...I'd just stop running & pay attn. to the changes.


I like running while listening to just about anything. Running is best if you don't think about running, so I focus on the music. It usually dictates how fast I run.
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 3/4/10 - 11:40:04 PM EST (GMT-5)
On Thursday 3/4/10 - 9:09:28 PM Kungfullama wrote:
I'll say to this what I say to the same people that complain about the decline of music and pop charts and what have you you aren't looking nearly hard enough! great music is being produced at an exponential rate because it's becoming increasingly easier to get your stuff out there with the introduction and mass-proliferation of the internet so there's more original stuff out there, if you take a minute and look for it but, if you just turn on the radio and listen to whatever's playing, then yeah, you're going to be disappointed you get out what you put in


that said alot of the "cool" good indie music or whatever that ive heard recently is complete crap
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 3/4/10 - 11:45:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
I just want a selection of music that can make me feel what I want to feel. Catchy doesn't come close to describing music like that.

I think I need to listen to less music for a while.

I'll quit music for a week or something.

Not right now, you know, but I can, if I wanted to.
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 3/4/10 - 11:46:46 PM EST (GMT-5)
I adore a whole lot of catchy stuff
it's probably not what constitutes the majority of what I listen to
but when need be
good hooks I dig
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 3/4/10 - 11:47:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
But catchy could describe any music. Catching your ear is the purpose of music. That word has no meaning.
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 3/4/10 - 11:52:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
Seriously, who wants to not listen to music for a week with me?
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 3/4/10 - 11:53:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
IT HAS A MEANING
just not a specific enough one it seems

and NO
I want to listen to music for the time being

it could be like vacation pay or something
take your week now
I'll take mine later
11 yrs ago, 6 mos ago - Thursday 3/4/10 - 11:55:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
I dig that. Catchy could very well describe something that simply wants to make you move.

Sounds like a plan. My ears will find their own music.

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