The Aesthetics for American Popular Music

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For the most part, American Popular Music is not only influential to me, but it’s what makes us who we are. People anticipate that music is particularly used for listening and dancing, but my approach about every song that I’ve observed is based on the quality, the feeling, and the way the artist presents themselves through their lyrical image. Therefore, in this class of "American Popular Music" I desire to get more in-depth into the fundamentals of each song I come upon, and to be able to grasp why the artists produce that particular song. In addition, I thirst the knowledge to learn the differences of today’s popular music and when it commenced 150 years ago. Besides, it’s meaningful to acquire this because it demonstrates and teaches us how we achieved an astonishing amount of genres that are separated, the origin the music is coming from and also the kind of instruments being used.

According to the Merriam-Website Online Dictionary, the definition to Aesthetics is a branch of philosophy dealing with the nature of beauty, art, and taste and with the creation and appreciation of beauty. Personally, I believe Aesthetics is a philosophy, which contemplates the sensory emotional values. Additionally, it’s what conceives to be attractive, stunning, amusing, deadly, stupid, lifeless, etc. Also it is taking into the fact of something in great beauty or great taste.

My aesthetics concerning music is the quality and study of the beauty and enjoyment of music. Music has the ability to alter our emotions, intellect, and our psychology. As such, music is a powerful art form whose aesthetic appeal is highly dependent upon the culture in which it is practiced. Some of the aesthetic elements expressed in music include lyricism, harmony, hypnotism, emotiveness, temporal dynamics, resonance, playfulness, and color. Furthermore,