Now, let me begin to explain before that shock wears off of your pretty faces.
Three types of music is all that exists. The three types are simple, at that. The first type of music is the music that makes you feel good. For simplicity we'll just call it "Music that makes you feel good."
We all know this music and, probably, some of you who are reading this find this type of music - at least a good portion of it - to be annoying. This is the type of music you put on at a party because it makes you want to dance. It is the type of songs that sing about how girls only want to have fun. Their substance in the lyrics are very typically lacking, but the beat and melody and even the lack of substance induces a type of good feeling.
Even rap has fallen into this category a good portion of the time, much like rock music of the past did - she's not my cherry pie, but she was someone's.
The second type of music is a bit deeper than that. It is the type of music that I find myself devoured in most often. I will, finding creativity in this exercise to be too much effort, call it "music that makes us feel good to feel bad."
Now some of you may be thinking, "I hate that kind of music." Well, probably not since most people who hate the kind of music that requires such thoughtful exercises to enjoy, along with feeling that sorrow, sadness, and/or pain typically don't spend time doing much reading on music, but maybe there are one or two of you who will stumble across this post by some chance.
This is the type of music that sings about saying goodbye to Marianne or how someone will take something with them when they go - wherever they are going. This requires a deep understanding of whatever "negative" emotion the singer portrays, most often because the listener is very akin to the feeling themselves.
This type of music extends beyond those types of emotions, though. Rage and anger fall under this category - like when you find yourself deeply upset because of government or economic injustices so you just want to create another bombtrack. Maybe you're upset about the use of vivisection on innocent animals and that's what you relate to. Anyway you look at it, however, there is a deeper involvement in the good feeling that comes from this music.
Finally, the third type of music is the type of music that is simply art. It can't really be described as something you'd listen to in order to feel good or feel like you're sitting with someone who feels the same way that you do, it just simply exists. There is a rockette out there named Morton who may even express two different parts that fits this category far too well. Some may even perform a shuffle with five knuckles while listening to jazz greats, around twenty of them, give or take.
This category, of course, would definitely have the least listeners. It is like looking at abstract art in musical form. It doesn't make sense and when you listen to it one time you could fall in love with it, another time hate, and another time just not have any feeling about it one way or another. It relies on you to be in the right frame of mind more than either of the other two categories. It wouldn't be a wise decision to go to a museum, for example, when all you want to do is punch someone in the face.
So there you have it, the three true types of music. Do you have anything to add?
-Dustin S. Stover
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