Op Ed: How Pop Music Can Be More Unique
A few weeks ago, I read an article on the Huffington Post entitled “Pop Music Too Loud And All The Same: Official“. I don’t know about the too loud part, but I’ve thought most pop music sounded all the same since high school.
Anyway, the article got me thinking about how pop music can be more unique:
1. Don’t be Cookie Cutter; Be You
One of the reasons Pink is my favorite pop musician is that I admire her for having the courage to find her own sound and tell people she was going to do her music her way. And what better way to do it than with the song “Don’t Let Me Get Me”? A song with a similar message is Avril Lavinge’s “Nobody’s Fool”, which is from her debut album Let Go. Like Pink, Avril Lavinge has left her own mark in the music industry with this song and many others.
2. Use love, sex, and relationship lyrics sparingly
Ok, I know these things make the world go round. However, as human beings, we have other emotions and things we experience. It wouldn’t hurt if more pop musicians wrote about the world around them. Even Michael Jackson, for all his dance songs, literally wrote about the world in songs like “Earth Song”.
3. Don’t be afraid to go deep
Sometimes, the most powerful songs end up being inspired by personal experiences. Take the song “I’m Ok” by Christina Aguilera. Any fan (or person willing do some research) will know that this song is based on Christina’s childhood. While it might not be as famous as the song “Beautiful”, it is still a song worth acknowledging.
4. Make a creative music video
While the song may be fine by itself, a great music video can bring it to life. If you don’t like the song, then maybe the music video will make you appreciate it a little. A recent example is for Pink’s new song “Blow Me (One Last Kiss).” I don’t like the song due to my personal taste, but the music video made me feel better about it.
Don’t Let Me Get Me- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_t9AA3Z4PE
Earth Song- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sg5EkHF5tg&hd=1
Blow Me One Last Kiss-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jNlIGDRkvQ