What Is a Work of Art vs. What Is Not - music artist comparisons essay

Essay by shizHigh School, 11th gradeA, November 2007

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Many people judge things extremely differently depending on their own personal taste, simply what they like, and don't like. Personal taste is accumulated throughout life; it's affected by what surrounds you, who you grow up with. When you're a small child, certain things start to rub off on you; I believe that your siblings are the biggest influences. When you're a child, your 'older brother' or 'older sister' (if you have one) is almost always your role model; in some other cases, it's maybe your father, mother or someone else. Whatever they're 'in to' you get 'in to' because you're always around them and it just rubs off on you. I've chosen two songs, one that I dislike and one that I like, to demonstrate my own personal taste. The two songs are: 'Dance With Me' by One Twelve, a group of four RnB artists, and 'Girl You Got To Know' by Massari, a fairly new popular RnB artist.

I will be discussing each in terms of their rhythm, rhyme, their overall flow, and lyrical value.

The song 'Dance With Me' is simply enjoyable and entertaining. If I were to break down the reason why I think it's superior, the first thing that would come to my head would be that the singer has such a unique voice. His singing voice is higher pitched than the regular RnB artists, but not too high, and is a very aggressive voice. The rhyming in the song is very simple, and at most places they just rhyme the same word, which makes the song an easy sing along. The rhyming plus the rhythm, really create a flow, which after listening to it once, will surely make you get into the song, whether it's by singing it, dancing to it, or simply tapping your foot. This song was simply made for entertainment, which explains the lack of lyrical value. It simply talks about wanting someone to dance with them, but every song serves a purpose, whether it's to get a message out, or just simply to amuse, in this case, it's just to amuse.

The song 'Girl You Got To Know' is basically horrible. The reason I use such harsh words is because I simply don't like this song. The voice of Massari is a voice that anybody could do, he doesn't ever have any higher or lower notes, but in this case, it's too soft, it's as if he doesn't put enough effort when making his music, or, it's not his real singing voice and he just adjusts it mental in his head to sound like it does. The rhythm of this song is really good. If I were to just listen to this song without the lyrics, I'd love it, but when the lyrics are added, they just don't click. Without the 'clicking' of the beat and the words, it just doesn't flow, which makes it a hard song to sing along to, let alone listen to. At the end of each phrase, Massari stretches out the last word to create a rhyme, and in my head, it's almost like it's scratching, like when you hear someone scratch the chalk board, or when a English teacher hears a student say "can I" instead of "may I". The lyrical value is missing once again, however, this song was just made to amuse, but that it did not.

When comparing these two songs, they're almost like total opposites. The One Twelve song is more of a fast, up beat song, where the Massari song is more slow and 'romantic'. Each of their voices are opposite also, one is a high pitch unique voice that you wish you had, and the other is a soft, almost whispering voice that I believe anyone could do. The lyrics in both these songs are talking about pretty much the same concept, a girl, but the biggest difference between the two is the flow between the rhythm and the words. In 'Dance With Me', the song really shows that the beat was made for this song, where in 'Girl You Got To Know', its sounds as if the beat doesn't even go with the song. All the words in each song are aligned perfectly with each beat, but in the Massari one, his voice seems like it doesn't suite the beat.

In conclusion, I know many people who enjoy this Massari song and detest the One Twelve song, which shows that everyone judges things differently based on their personal taste. I find 'Dance With Me' by One Twelve one million times better than 'Girl You Got To Know' by Massari, but that's based on my taste. I don't like slow songs and soft voices because they put me in a depressed and sleepy mood, however, I do like fast, up-beat songs and high unique voices because they pump me up, make me sing along, and get me in a good mood.