Kapag musika ang napag-usapan, maraming tao ang napapangiti at napapakanta at sasabihin pa nilang wala nang gaganda pa sa mga awitin noong kapanuhan nila. Meron namang naiingayan at napapasimangot kapag nakaririnig ng Rock music. Meron namang mga nababaduyan sa mga malalambing at malulumanay na love ballads. Maraming mga rakista na ayaw ng Hip-Hop o Rap music. At maraming kabataan ang handang pagtawanan ang musikang nalikha o nauso noong sila ay musmos pa o di kaya’y noong panahong sila ay hindi pa ipinapanganak. Maraming tao ang nakakikilala sa mga gaya nina Beethoven, Bach, at Mozart, pero walang kaalam-alam sa mga komposisyón ng mga bantog na kompositór na ito.
Ano nga ba ang pinakamagandang uri ng musika? Meron nga ba? Meron bang maituturing na mga pangit naman? Meron ba talagang mga kantang baduy? Meron bang maiingay o ika nga e nakabibingi? O baka naman ang lahat ng iyan ay depende sa “panlasa” o pandinig ng isang tagapagpakinig?
My late maternal grandfather, who was born in 1915, once told me that the music of his times was better and more beautiful than that of the current generation. He found more listenable genres like Classical music and March/Military music, Jazz of the 1920s, Swing of the 1930s, and Bebop and the ballads of the 1940s; artists such as Louie Armstrong (“West End Blues”), Frank Sinatra (“I’ll Never Smile Again”), Perry Como (“Fly Me to the Moon”), Nat King Cole (“Unforgettable”), Ella Fitzgerarld (“Cheek to Cheek”), Peggy Lee (“Hey, Big Spender”), Mozart (“Turca March”), and John Philip Sousa (“Stars and Stripes Forever”).
My mom used to tell me that the music of her own generation was wonderful and very memorable—The Carpenters (“Yesterday Once More”), The Beatles (“Here Comes the Sun”), The Cascades (“Rhythm of the Rain”), The Monkees (“I’m a Believer”), The Zombies (“How We Were Before”), Matt Monro (“Born Free”), Simon & Garfunkel (“The Sounds of Silence”), The Tilt Down Men (“Stay”), and RJ & the Riots (“Muli”).
I have an uncle who was a longhaired hippie in the ’70s. He claims that nothing beats the songs from his generation—The Scorpions (“Always Somewhere”), Queen (“Bohemian Rhapsody”), The Byrds (“Turn! Turn! Turn!”), Juan dela Cruz Band (“Himig Natin”), Maria Cafra (“Kumusta, Mga Kaibigan”), Hotdogs (“Manila”), Asin (“Cotabato”), and Sampaguita (“Laguna”).
A friend of mine was a teenager in the ’80s, and he loved songs like “YMCA” (Village People), “Save a Prayer” (Duran Duran), “Everything Counts” (Depeche Mode), “True” (Spandau Ballet), “Karma Chameleon” (Culture Club), “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” (Cyndi Lauper), Madonna (“Borderline”), “Billie Jean” (Michael Jackson), “Enveloped Ideas” (The Dawn), “Pumapatak na Naman ang Ulan” (APO Hiking Society), “Malayo Pa ang Umaga” (Rey Valera), and “Katawan” (Hagibis).
A cousin of mine was of the same age bracket but he did not like Rock music. Instead he preferred listening to the likes of New Kids on the Block (“Hanging Tough”), The Backstreet Boys (“I Want It That Way”), N’Sync (“I Want You Back”), Spice Girls (“Viva Forever”), Savage Garden (“Truly Madly Deeply”), Britney Spears (“…Baby, One More Time”), and Christina Aguilera (“Genie in a Bottle”).
My youngest sister was a Rocker in the ’90s. She was so into Pearl Jam (“Jeremy”), Guns ‘n Roses (“Sweet Child o’ Mine”), Metallica (“Nothing Else Matters”), Nirvana (“Smells like Teen Spirit”), Alanis Morissette (“Hand in My Pocket”), Dinosaur Jr. (“Feel the Pain”), and The Cranberries (“Zombie”).
Many kids nowadays would most likely proclaim that nothing “rocks” harder than Amy Winehouse (“Rehab”), Kelly Clarkson (“Since You’ve Been Gone”), Kanye West (“Diamonds Are Forever”), Avril Lavigne (“Girlfriend”), Ne-Yo (“So Sick”), and Bamboo (“Noypi”).
What about you? Who are your favorite artists? What genres of music do you enjoy listening to?
As far as I’m concerned, I have an eclectic taste in music. Having been a music enthusiast and record collector since I was a teenager, I learned to appreciate and enjoy listening to different genres of music—from Classical, Folk, Rap, and Pop to New Wave, Punk, Gothic, Progressive Rock, and Thrash Metal.
To Each Her Own Groove
The beauty and significance of music to the life of an individual is very personal. One major factor on how a certain song or genre of music affects an individual is the youthful experiences of that person. Almost always, a person prefers the songs or the genre/s that she grew up with, chiefly because these remind her of her youthful heydays—the stage when her mind and heart were more impressionable, the time when she had likely had her most significant and memorable experiences—happy or sad these moments might have been.
Therefore, the beauty of music is in the ears of the listener. No song or genre of music may be considered the most beautiful or repulsive or less beautiful than another. Every piece of music—whether instrumental or lyrical—expresses a certain emotion, giving it the power to move the listener.
Sa Madaling Salita
Hindi maikukulong ninuman ang ganda ng mga awitin sa isang dekada, henerasyón, o panahon o di kaya’y sa isang uri o klase ng musika. Ang ganda ng isang kanta o uri ng musika ay nakasalalay sa pandinig at hilig ng isang indibidwál. Hindi tamang sabihing mas maganda ang mga awitin noong unang panahon. Sa parehong linya ng pang-unawa na hindi rin maaaring sabihing mas kaaya-aya ang mga uri ng musika ng kasalukuyang henerasyón.
Bawat kultura, bawat henerasyón ay may kanya-kanyang kontribusyón sa larangan ng musika, at ang lahat ng ito ay nararapat lamang pakinggan at tangkilikin o respetuhin man lang.