So I was watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, and as usual, it featured many of the most popular music acts today. Much of the music had a good beat and would be good for dancing, but it also seemed kind of shallow and fluffy. What is with shallow and fluffy? Perhaps I’ve been listening to too much Les Miserables of late, and I have been busy with a Phantom of the Opera video project (more on that in another post), but the songs I heard that day seemed to lack the heartfelt depth of those two musicals. Yes, most songs in those and in the music acts in the parade were songs about love and life, but even so, there was substantial difference.
Take, for example, the first part of the “All I Ask of You” reprise from Phantom:
I gave you my music, made your song take wing.
And now, how you’ve repaid me, denied me, and betrayed me.
To me, that gives a much stronger appeal about love lost (or never really had in the first place, but it was fun to pretend otherwise) than any song I have heard most mainstream singers perform. That being said, the initial rendition of “All I Ask of You” is actually quite nice (if a little annoying in its sweetness at times) wherein Christine and Raoul sing about marriage–how many modern love songs contain that conversation? Well, there is Taylor Swift’s “Love Story”, so I suppose I just shot down my point.
Marry me, Juliet; you’ll never have to be alone.
I love you, and that’s all I really know.
I talked to your dad; go pick out a white dress.
It’s a love story; baby, just say yes.
I actually tolerate this song because the boyfriend went to the dad for permission. Way to do things right, Romeo.
But still I maintain that 98% of today’s music is shallow and fluffy!