Is Music Still Important?

@Ashida (1370)
United States
January 20, 2007 11:04pm CST
It seems like music is not as important as it used to be. Part of this for me is a generational thing. Although I can still find some things I like, it just seems as though there's not much on the radio anymore that means something. Is it just me, or has music lost some of its importance in defining a generation?
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@irisheyes (4372)
• United States
21 Jan 07
Somebody (I think maybe Paul Simon) once said that the music that captures you in your early twenties is the music that you listen to all your life although to a lesser degree. I still like the same classic rock stuff but Im not so wrapped up in it as I was in my twenties. But I think maybe the kids today are as obsessed as I once was. How else do you explain the whole hip hop culture thing?
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@Ashida (1370)
• United States
21 Jan 07
I think you have a good point there -- and yet it seemed like music defined earlier generations (I'm thinking about the 1960s primarily) moreso than it does today. I'm thinking it's just me and I'm out of touch and all that, but then there doesn't seem to be too awfully much that I want to be in touch with in today's music.
@Aussies2007 (5339)
• Australia
26 Jan 07
Music is mostly a teenage thing. I am 55 and my favourite music is still the one from my teenage years. That is the sixties. Since I turned 30 in 1981, there has been very few singers or groups which have caught my attention. And those who did are usually the ones who made it all the way to the top... like Madonna. Music is a generation thing... it is made for teenagers and adults cannot relate to it.
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@crom07 (233)
• Philippines
22 Jan 07
Yet you got a point there, But still music is still important to many of us around the world, for this inspired most for them yeah for me and to you. Generations changed music as for our technologies changed. Some music got no meaning but trash, some of them lost its importance,as what you have said.You dont have to tell that it was you, youre just wondering, or maybe surprised, for the changing of our era is vast!
@Ashida (1370)
• United States
22 Jan 07
Music is still important to me to -- tht's why I posted this, to see if it still had meaning to the generations that have come after me -- but also to see if people still defined themselves by the music they listen to. When I was coming up, the kind of music you listened to was a big deal -- is it still?
@Garameo (902)
• Germany
22 Jan 07
If i wouldn´t have any kind of music, i think i would. die. music is so important for me.
@Ashida (1370)
• United States
22 Jan 07
What kind of music do you listen to?
• United States
22 Jan 07
Music will always be important because when it is good; it soothes the soul..Some music...I would say makes you more nervous.
@Ashida (1370)
• United States
22 Jan 07
But is it important to the whole generation? Or does the music represent the current generation it's written to appeal to?
• United States
22 Jan 07
Mainstream music is a joke. Anymore artists will just write some music to get them really popular or to make a quick buck. Some artists can write really catchy music and still be true to their colors and be genuine about it, but others you can tell when their heart really isn't in the music they're writing. And it's even sadder that some people worship the music that is being played on the radio now a days. I personally am not a fan of mainstream music. It's too generic, and half of it sounds the same, so I prefer to listen to the underground bands that are still trying to make a name for themselves or are still trying to perfect their sound. Music has always been my life, thus I feel very strongly about it.
@Ashida (1370)
• United States
22 Jan 07
That''s my feeling as well. I love music, and I jus don't know what to do except listen to things I've heard about a million times by now.
• United States
22 Jan 07
Music is still important. However, it just seems at times that some of the songwriters are just throwing anything together. Some of the words I feel that I could have written. There are a few artists that appear to really put feelings into their songwriting, but not that many. Years ago you could tell that the person who wrote the words experienced it themselves. You are right somewhere through out the generation music has lost its importance.
@Ashida (1370)
• United States
22 Jan 07
I think you summed it up perfectly.
@mae168 (170)
• Philippines
22 Jan 07
For me, ye! Music is still important...music is so relaxing..eversince, i really love music...actually I can not live without music..everytime i listen music, it makes me feel comfortable, relax and alive..when I sleep, i used to play music in my background...I love it so much..music is very important in my life..
@Ashida (1370)
• United States
22 Jan 07
If you don't mind me asking, do you listen to new songs or old songs, or both?
@Raycash (165)
• Italy
22 Jan 07
Well I personally think that music is essential for this generation
@Ashida (1370)
• United States
22 Jan 07
I hope so because I think it's really important. But I sometimes wonder that in this age where everybody can be their own radio station, if the unifying power of music has somehow been lost.
• Sweden
22 Jan 07
Today's music has definitely lost its meaning to me. I haven't listened to radio since I was 10 years old. And I hardly even listen to any of the bands of today. 90% of the music I listen to is from either the 50's, 60's, 70's or very early 80's. I'm longing for the day when butt-shaking girls and emo boys leave the music business.
@Ashida (1370)
• United States
22 Jan 07
lol -- we'll see.
• India
22 Jan 07
Music is food for life.....A soothing music can heal all ur tension and relaxes you. I usually listen music for atleast 4-5 hours with my computer or with my portable player.
@Ashida (1370)
• United States
22 Jan 07
I agree with you, but I'm kida picky about what I eat :)
• Indonesia
22 Jan 07
Music is still important,can you imagine the world without musi? The problem is the quality of the music itself...Nowadays music aren't made seriously, they made music only instantly ..A lot of music/songs right know is made by a bunch of poeple that doesn't really knows music....
@Ashida (1370)
• United States
22 Jan 07
Thats an interesting thought. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that it's now easier than ever for people to make music.
@Piratesware (2890)
• Indonesia
22 Jan 07
well music has big meaning , music is rythim of life , and usic made the generations.
@Ashida (1370)
• United States
22 Jan 07
Is it still that way today? or has that pulse weakened somewhat?
@sunita64 (6470)
• India
22 Jan 07
Music will always remain important, now even lots of importance is being given to it, earlier there were no talent hunt like programmes, now there are regular such programmes like Sa re ga ma, indian idol and fame.
@Ashida (1370)
• United States
22 Jan 07
But don't you think that is indicative of the emptiness that's out there right now?
• United States
21 Jan 07
I like the music of the 60's, 70's 80's and some from the 90's. The music that is out now does nothing for me. Maybe I am just getting old. I'm sure my parents felt the same way about the music I listened to when I was a kid. It probably is a generational thing, like you said.
@Ashida (1370)
• United States
22 Jan 07
I guess the thing that I miss is new music. I can listen to teh old stuff, but I've heard it all so many times, you know? So I just wish there was some new music that reflected those times when popular music resonated.
@pagli84 (1850)
• Netherlands
21 Jan 07
i dont know what you're listening to on the radio, but music is certainly an important part of my life. i dont think i could live without it. i might listen to some of the crap without meaning that you refer to, but i also listen to things that are much deeper than that. i listen to a lot of international music too, and most of those have a special meaning to me.
@Ashida (1370)
• United States
22 Jan 07
I didn't say current music was crap. I just asked if it was losing its importance in defining generations. It just seems like all pumped up hype and there's nothing and no one really pushing the boundaries. I'm not talking about songs having meaning for a single person, but for a generation of people.
@missyd79 (3438)
• United States
21 Jan 07
i love music and i do not think i could live without it. i think it just may be you. i think it is just as important to younger people it is just a different kind of style of music.
@Ashida (1370)
• United States
21 Jan 07
I wasn't sure which one to respond to! That's cool. I had a thought it was just my perception. And really I don't dislike the stuff I hear today -- I just don't like it much either. It's like it does nothing for me either way. I'm not sure if that makes sense, but there it is.
@korek222 (702)
• Poland
21 Jan 07
These days music is not as strong one inn defiinig the generations - we got internet televiosn etc. so music dont have sucha huge impact on peoples life as it had some time ago but it still has sometihng to say - jsut look on the rappers ;)
@Ashida (1370)
• United States
21 Jan 07
I think you're right. It's still there, but not as strong as it once was. when I was in high school, you were defined, right or wrong, by what radio station you listened to. It was a big deal. I was just wondering if stuff like that still goes on with today's generation.
@shivka (110)
• India
21 Jan 07
i think this just one of those phases when just something nice isn't hitting your ears.i think ther's much more variety of music available today than ever before.try searching for music genres you are fond of on the internet.
@Ashida (1370)
• United States
21 Jan 07
This is true, but I'm talking about the radio. I used to just turn on the radio and jam. No I can't find a song muchless a station that does much of anything for me. It jsut seems like everything is fragmenting and it's harder and harder to find a consensus on a musical style that defines a generation. I guess it's rap today -- but rap just seems so artificially inflated that I don't know if it really defines much of anything.
@catali0n (162)
• Niue
21 Jan 07
yes it still is and it wil be for a looooooooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnggggggggggg time
@Ashida (1370)
• United States
21 Jan 07
Okey dokey then. Well I hope you are right. You don't think anything has supplanted music in importance to defining today's generation?