What is considered music?

Yet another question that is quite vague and shady, I too have my certain criteria that I have on here to distinguish the music of thought from the music of feel. Almost every piece of music or song that is posted on here will have to pass through a checklist of qualities before it is actually considered music.

Let’s not get too biased here, I do love all types of music, but only some genres and composers have music that has truly tested time, and I believe that all those pieces of music that are still getting recognition today have a correlation with my musical criteria. Well, this isn’t necessarily my own made up criteria, but I do owe a lot of the credit to one of the most famous musicians whose music has survived so long and whose music’s deep underlying meaning is as sharp as it was when his music first premered.

And that person is… None all than Sergei Rachmaninoff.

You are probably thinking right now, “Why does he always mention Rachmaninoff in every post? Can he please move on to somebody else?” That is a certain possibility, but even though the guy’s music is around 100 years old, and why I am I still listening to it?

Yesterday, I quoted Rachmaninoff saying much of his predictions of most modern music written today to compare with the music of Contemporary Jazz/Funk musician, Brian Culbertson.

The new kind of music seems to create not from the heart but from the head. Its composers think rather than feel. They have not the capacity to make their works exalt – they meditate, protest, analyze, reason, calculate and brood, but they do not exalt.

It makes sense to say that someone who creates music from the head has little to no passion in making and composing music, therefore making much of the music that “seems to create … from the head,” apathetic. Music now of course is a product of many industry writers who in turn to make a product and a profit. It seems now as Rachmaninoff predicted, ” [modern music] meditate(s), protest(s), analyze(s), reason(s), calculate(s) and brood(s),” therefore detaching from meaning and emotion. Humans are a very emotional and heavy species. We long to connect to such energies to remind ourselves of such “good old days”, and childhood memories and if we cannot sense this emotion in music, we disengage from the source and find something else. There are many examples of music that fulfill Rachmaninoff’s criteria for music that seems to create not from the heart but from the head.

There are MANY different examples of this but to keep this short and sweet, I will not list any songs to offend such people. *hint* *hint*

Alas, my criteria for something to be considered not as REAL music…

  1. Music that meditates – Music that is written in a away to consider as something to be done or effected due to thought by cause and effect.
  2. Music that objects, disapproves, or causes dissent.
  3. Music that written in a way that can be configured mathematically.
  4. Music that is confined as “normal of sound” and sane.
  5. Music that is written for a quantitative and egotistic purpose rather than qualitative and passionate.
  6. Music that dwells and meditates with morbid persistence.

And that there, is my criteria for what is music of heart (real) and music of thought (false).



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