[Dixielandjazz] On the absence of melody
mcvouty78 at hotmail.com
Mon Dec 1 16:26:53 PST 2003
I've noticed the absence of melody in contemporary music just as many other
people have. I think it's a time thing: Contemporary life is so fast
paced, it seems nobody has time for a full melody any more. When was the
last time you heard someone walking down the street whistling a tune in its
entirety? Musicians and their listeners these days seem to think the whole
notion of a structured melody is passé and a waste of time. If (as has been
suggested by another poster) the rhythm can be compared to sex and the
melody to romance, to which do people respond more enthusiastically --
especially if pressed for time?
>It's not just rap that is rhythm based, rather than melody based. It
>is, in general, all the music that is "happening" now... It is
>all......save for the odd ballad......rhythm based... It's not all bad, by
>the way.....but, there is very little melody involved...
>It's just the world we are living in now, and the odd melody, the odd
>smile, the odd bit of pleasantness must be enjoyed to its fullest. No
>sense in sweating about the rest.
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