Introduction to Popular Culture Studies

“Turn the news off, turn the volume up!”

Posted by katherineschaaf on November 14, 2016

When approaching worldwide issues it can be difficult to reach an audience who is constantly being preached to about these problems.  If all the points are the reoccurring ones, how can one stand out?  What is the best way to provide this information and really change the audience’s beliefs?  It is a tricky situation, but clearly TrackRecord had no difficulty finding examples to put to use. There are many different stories that have yet to be told, but they all seem to have a similar method in which they are shared in the world.  Through music.

One story that specifically stood out to me was “How to get into Bob Dylan in three easy steps.”  This was particularly interesting because in English class we discussed the backlash that rose when he won the Nobel Prize for literature (1st song-writer ever!).  It was a healthy reminder that music is more than just a couple random words that go into a tune and that literature can sometimes hold more power when put to a raw melody. 

Another article that I found interesting was about politicians and their interpretation/reaction to rap music. When it stated that “Trump’s voice recording is something you hear in rap music…” it made me instantly think about all the rappers who never use profound language in their music.  It is wrong to call out a certain genre based on a portion of their songs (aka radio songs).  Although these might be a large percentage of the genre, it does not count for the other songs that point in the direction of survival stories or ways to reform the society into making a change. 

It is very important to recognize the influence music has on our national issues in the past, present, and future.  Simply listen to a song… “Turn the news off, turn the volume up!”


6 Responses to ““Turn the news off, turn the volume up!””

  1. jennnymarks said

    Yes, it is very wrong to call out a certain genre based on a portion of the songs, especially these days. A lot of the less popular songs, are the ones that tell a true and genuine story about someone. Hopefully one day soon these songs will become more known simply because people don’t have any interest in the mainstream radio songs.

    • katherineschaaf said

      Yes I agree, and not to say that radio songs have no meaning behind them, but sometimes the popularity behind them covers the true purpose. I find myself listening to Spotify more and going to the discovery weekly playlist (which is new every week and specifically made for me) to find new songs that aren’t on the mainstream. It is amazing when you step away from the popular music and really recognize that there are so many awesome artists out there just waiting to be heard!

  2. wrmattison said

    It’s extremely annoying when people denounce hip hop because a lot of it is credible, well written, prose. Some people who hate rap music because of it’s horrible lyrics might love the song School by Nirvana; a song that has 15 different words. Two of those words have two syllables, the rest only one. My point being most republicans over the age of 30 hate hip hop because of who is saying it, and not what they’re saying.

  3. laurenbailey07 said

    Today, it is so much easier to reach millennial’s through music. We all have such a strong connection to it. That to me would be the easiest way to get any word across would be to put it in a song and throw it on the radio. You would have thousands of people listening with open ears.

  4. jessiemc11 said

    There were many good readings in this weeks assignment. I agree that music has a great impact on people and their feeligns toward things. Understanding and listening to music to understand its points is very important for many in many different ways and there are many purposes for it, music can help almost anyone in any kind of way

    • katherineschaaf said

      Yes we can see a lot today that people are turning to music for multiple reasons. some use it in a therapeutic sense (aka yoga/calming music), some use it for studying (focus instrumental music), and others use it as a distraction from emotions or pain (aka when working out). When do you find yourself turning to music?

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