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The Bond of Human & Music
Have you ever thought about how music is connected to human beings? From the first moment when the mother sings a lullaby for her newborn, the sound is imprinted on the psyche of the baby. After a few moments, the newborn relates this pleasant sound with safety, warmth, and love.
When a mother sings for her infant, her brain releases oxytocin just as when she breastfeeds and this chemical strengthens the bond between the mother and the child.
There is also a vibro-acoustic aspect of music whereby people stand together and sing a song or chant that is meaningful to them and it creates a vibration field at that moment that resembles a delicate web-connected their energy fields. When you participate in a group song or chant or even cheer in a sporting event then you will always feel energized and changed at a new level because this is very powerful.
There are a lot of different elements that make up K-pop music, but the main reason that they have become so popular is because of the music. Everyone knows that the basic elements of pop songs are piano, bass guitar, drums, and of course the vocals. What many people don’t realize though is just how instrumental the vocals can be. If you compare a typical pop song with a heavy metal song, you can see how much difference it makes. In fact, some heavy metal songs have entire drum sets that are almost a complete lead guitar part.
Why is K-pop music becoming so popular? Because of the basic elements of the music to make it appealing to a wide variety of people. There are many genres of pop music as well. There are girl groups, boy groups, girl rock bands, and country music, just to name a few. While there is nothing wrong with particular types of music, what it comes down to is that this music is open to everyone because it is made for everybody.
Girls listen to music that has more of a feminine touch. This includes music that is not too loud or has very strong lyrics. Many times, girls are more apt to listen to music that has a lot of souls. Soul music is about using your emotions and having a connection to your soul.
Boys listen to songs that are more of a funky sound. It is usually about being cool, hip, and having a good time. One of the biggest influences on this style of music is rap and pop music. Both of these styles tend to have a fun, youthful sound to them. When you mix these two elements together, you get something that many girls find appealing.
The main reason why this kind of music is so popular is because of the level of competition within the industry. When you sign a contract with a k-pop group, you need to be able to keep up with them. Every member of the group has their own signature sound. If you aren’t able to keep up with them, then no one else in the industry will be able to either. Because of this, most artists are always trying to find new members to form their k-pop group.
Another reason why this type of music is so popular is because of the level of gender balance. A lot of the k-pop groups out there are made up of all guys. This is a shock to many girls out there because traditionally, girls never liked this genre of music. Nowadays though, more girls are starting to like and see this genre as something that can be enjoyed by both genders. It is becoming more acceptable for girls to love k-pop groups.
Another reason is that k-pop songs are usually made to be very fun to listen to. A lot of the songs are designed to be funky, happy, sexy, and to have a lot of dancing involved. This keeps the girls at the front of the crowd. A great example of this is the Girls’ Generation’s “Gee.” Not only is it a great dance track but it also has a few popular dancing lines that really get the girls all excited.
Finally, one of the main reasons why k-pop is so popular is because a lot of the songs are actually memorable and funny. Most of the songs have some sort of theme that goes along with the band that they are coming with. The girl’s favorite k-pop group will sing a catchy song that gets everyone on the dance floor. These songs are what make the k-pop group who they are and make them fun to be around for a long time.
It’s officially prom season. A fraught but exciting time for teens all across America that will slowly embrace the opportunity to dress up, walk around, act awkwardly, drive around in fancy cars (or your parent’s beat-up old station wagon), and pretentiously act like adults for one special evening. Prom night is a rite of passage for many young teenagers. They have spent countless summer nights lying around playing video games or gossiping with their friends, drinking in their rooms, or going to sleep in their beds, just dreaming of this very night.
So what should you wear? The first thing to remember is that it IS prom night, so you’ll want to go all out. Prom gowns and tuxedos are out; elegant dinner jackets and ballroom gowns are in. You’re going to want to look as good as possible, literally. You may even want to spend a little extra to have your picture taken with a celebrity during the night and have that picture printed on your prom invitations. This is one of those times when not giving enough is more important than getting enough.
So, let’s talk about music. Since you’re the star of the show, you may have to pick music that fits your image. If you’re outgoing and carefree, you may want to steer clear of slow numbers and country music. A popular choice might be something along the lines of “Take Me Away” by The Chainsmokers. If you’re shy and introverted, consider something romantic like “Sorry” by Avril Lavigne.
Once you’ve chosen your music, you need a DJ or music organizer to set the mood. Depending on your age and interests, this decision might be made by yourself or with the help of another adult. The important thing is that the DJ is well versed in the music you chose. Be sure to choose someone who has experience playing the type of music you are planning to play at the event.
Another important decision is whether you want to just chill out and listen to music, or perform some moves. Some people do their best to break old habits at proms, but sometimes the new habits don’t last. For instance, it probably wouldn’t work for someone to try to jump up and down the dance floor at their prom with their hair up in braids. It would probably be better to put your hair down and do a few hand movements to get the desired effect.
Finally, there’s the food. Prom night food can vary from simple finger foods to a full sit down meal with drinks and dessert. Depending on how formal or casual your prom is, you may decide to go all out. The important thing is that you are happy with your selection of music and your level of danceability.
When choosing your prom songs to dance the night away to, don’t feel pressured into choosing something you don’t really love. You can pick any song you like, as long as it fits into your plans for the evening. Make sure you are getting what you want, and not just what someone else wants. If you don’t think you can dance the night away, there are plenty of other options for a fun night that both you and your date will thoroughly enjoy. Just make sure your chosen music is one of those choices first!
Have fun with it. Prom night music is supposed to be fun, and the more you enjoy it, the more successful you will be at your prom. Just remember that you aren’t the only one with a great song to choose from. If you don’t have special music in mind, there are plenty of other options out there that are perfect for this special night as well. Just be sure you are clear on what you want, and then go from there. There are plenty of ways to choose the perfect prom music, so don’t feel like you have to stick with what everyone else is choosing.
So your wedding was fantastic, you hired a great videographer who did an excellent job capturing the day and you’re anxiously waiting to see the final edited product so together, you can relive the most wonderful day of your lives.
First, your video editor wants to know what music you’d like for the montage sections of your wedding video. Suddenly, you feel immense pressure having to pick the music for this important document. You’ll have to live with the decisions you make today for the rest of your lives. Maybe picking that trendy dance track will seem like a mistake five, ten, twenty, forty years down the road when you’re sharing your wedding video with your children, grandchildren, long lost aunties, and new and old friends?
Don’t stress! Here are a couple of tips to help you with your choices:
Choose something that means something to YOU, not something that fits the “wedding music mould.”
Do you remember the song that was playing the first time you danced together? The first time you kissed? When he proposed? Do you remember that song you couldn’t get out of your heads that summer you traveled together? Do you and your new husband or wife have an anthem? A private “joke” song?
Choose something you’re going to love forever.
Your video is going to last forever, and it’s going to be passed down from generation to generation. Don’t think so? Ask yourself this: if you had the opportunity to watch footage of your grandparents getting married, would you want to see it? So pick music that is going to withstand the test of time, not something trendy that you’re going to get tired of in a couple of months.
Your wedding video soundtrack should reflect the tone of your wedding.
Was your wedding fun and quirky? Elegant and jazzy? Retro-chic? The music should complement the visuals and the overall vibe you created for your wedding. Think of it as the soundtrack to the movie that is your wedding day.
Think of the soundtrack as a whole, not its individual parts.
It’s not as complicated as “the art of making a mixtape” according to the John Cusack movie, High Fidelity but does put thought into the soundtrack as a whole: start it off with a bang, build up to something, then bring it down a notch. The music pieces don’t all have to all be the same genre or from the same era, but they should fit together, maybe even tell a story. Otherwise, the transitions might seem abrupt: unexpected is alright, but abrupt is not.
Don’t pick something that reminds you of something (or someone) else.
Is there a tune that always reminds you of that famous scene of that famous actor drowning in the ocean while the love of his life cries and looks beautiful? You know the one. EVERYONE does. Is that really the imagery you want to conjure up when you watch your wedding video? Worse, what if your wedding video doesn’t measure up to that other, more famous scene with that actor you kind of had a thing for in grade nine? Be as original as possible and you can’t go wrong.
Instrumental music is better if you’re layering in natural sound.
If your video editor is talented enough to mix source/natural sound with music, consider instrumental music over vocals. For instance, I always include a highlights montage with my packages and bring in the natural sound of the vows, ring exchange, some applause to add emotional impact to the piece.
If you pick a music piece with heavy vocals, your vows are going to have to battle with the singer’s voice and so will have less presence. Instrumental music will back you up and empower your voices.
I hope you found these tips useful. Most of all, have fun. It shouldn’t feel like homework!