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I was always told that peoples' art reflects a part of who they are, music included. However, the more I learn about music, and all the 'rules' of music, which help me improve in music, I begin to doubt if the music I would write or play would somehow reflect a part of who I am.
For instance, since I first learned my blues scales, I improvised a lot of melodies in blues sclaes and made bluesy, funky kind of music. Since I first learned my minor scales, I played a lot of melodies in the minor key, and produced a more sad or creepy style of music.
Obviously, lyrics can reflect more of who you are, but I'm referring to the music - the melody, harmony and rhythm.
Do you believe your music reflects a part of who you are, or do you play what you play, and write what you write, because of sheer knowledge and experimentation, and believe your music does not reflect a part of who you are?
If I told someone that my music didn't reflect who I am, they'd probably laugh so hard that their ribs split.
My music reflects my mood so well that when I'm showing off a new piano piece to a friend that lives 20 hours away over MSN, they ask what's wrong.
When I play my guitar in front of my best friend, he asks who I'm pissed off at.
That's how much my music reflects who I am or what mood I'm in.
We all live in a society bound by rules... that's the way things are. With these rules, we learn the basics of what is okay within the rules given to us, but at the same time, we can learn how to bend the rules (for good and for bad) in order to accommodate our lifestyle.
Such is the same for music. While these rules can have a perspective that they're taking away from your artistic talent, they're in place because they're commonly accepted standards that many musicians have agreed to, which makes it easier to teach and have a foundation on any aspect of music you might be trying to create.
Basically, you should learn what the rules are, and how to change them to fit your own style. You can learn the rules, but you don't have to apply them to your own song... it's just helps to know certain scales, and all the stuff about music theory to be able to obtain a certain effect within a song... or you can learn it yourself, and then realize that if you had learned this stuff from the people teaching you about it, that you could have learned it earlier.
i try to make emotionally evocative music, but pretty much never based on my own mood at the time
similarly i rarely write lyrics from my own life experience or point of view, but often from the perspectives of other people
p.s. i am gay
I believe for myself, I've always tried to tell a story of some kind with my music.
It could be subtle and maybe unnoticeable to some, but unless I put in in plain black and white I am most commonly trying to present a story of some kind.
I don't know what it is, but every time I have a musical idea, I put a scene with it as well. I think that's what helps motivate me to try and put "life" (or whatever you want to call it) in my pieces.
assuming they have that in the first place.
Depends on the situation. If I'm writing a rock track, it may reflect on me: when I got rejected by a girl I liked (which happens more than you'd think!), I started writing a few sad(-ish) songs in a 60's rock style. When I'm writing classical music, sometimes it's a reflection of my emotions: for example, my Piano Sonata No. 2 is very sad because it's about losing someone.
On the other hand, when I'm writing music for a film or a game, my music reflects simply on what I've been told to do.
If one's music doesn't reflect part of who they are, they shouldn't be making music. It's an art form and way of expression. The best artists are the ones who can have somebody listen to a song of theirs and feel like they know the artist a little better afterwards. Unless of course said artist is only in it for money and doing what they think will sell most, which in that case i'm highly against it xD
Yes, yes, and yes. The main reason I compose is to reflect my emotions and expressions into a series of waves that we call music. I thoroughly enjoy replicating my emotions into musical form. It is very satisfying and personally I find it easy to be poetic with music.
OP needs to understand the dichotomy he has brought up that a new musician, or artist has in any field. While one is learning, they will not be very capable of showing much style, prowess or purposeful direction. There might be hints at style specific to the individual, though they will likely be accidental discoveries. IE: You learned blues scale, you played in blues scale and probably had some nice results. However, with more time investment one will have a diachronic, dialectical movement forwards with themselves in knowledge, ability, and familiarity in which one is able to begin finding out what it is they like. At which point style, or music reflecting the individual, will become present, likely even if they are doing a job or task for another on request, author ship will be evident.
di-di-di big words.
At 8/23/11 11:13 AM, RampantMusik wrote: I got rejected by a girl I liked (which happens more than you'd think!)
At 8/23/11 02:01 PM, denverbroncos59 wrote: If one's music doesn't reflect part of who they are, they shouldn't be making music. It's an art form and way of expression.
I think that some people let their emotions get in the way of making good art.
At 8/23/11 06:50 PM, jarrydn wrote:At 8/23/11 02:01 PM, denverbroncos59 wrote: If one's music doesn't reflect part of who they are, they shouldn't be making music. It's an art form and way of expression.I think that some people let their emotions get in the way of making good art.
I must meditate this thought atop a rock at the crest of a waterfall.