Underrated Music

We have all sorts of impression, when we hear about the kind of music a person listens. If it’s rock, it’s either you hate it or you love it. If it’s pop, your inclination largely depends on which generation you belong. When you think of classical music, it’s too elite. People say if you like Elton John, Beatles’ music, you have some music sense. But how about country music? A cappella music? Gospel music? How much do you know about these music genres?

I know it’s stereotyping when I call such music genre as underrated? But the reason I describe these music genres as underrated is that they are not highly appreciated by everybody. They are somehow niche music. My assumption is based on the comments and the number of views in Youtube.

Country Music

I was watching a singing contest when one of its episodes featured country music. The contestants talked about what they thought of country music. One of the girls said that all she knew was about songs talking how a horse died, a cow died. Almost all the contestants in the show did not know anything about country music.

I first heard country music in the movie Beverly Hillbillies where Dolly Parton sang the lines, “What good is wealth and fame. Fine clothes and diamond ring.” I could not really relate to country music because I thought it was too American. Whenever I heard “country music,” I saw images of cowboys in a ranch.

I just find out that I have been listening to country music. I know the songs of Shaina Twain and LeAnn Rimes. They are country music singers. Country music is not all about cowboys. It can be sassy with the likes of Taylor Swift. It can be catchy (and it has always been). And do you know Kevin Costner, the award-winning director and actor has a country music band called Modern West? Take note, Whitney Houston’s famous song, I will always love you is a country song.

Here’s my favorite country song

A cappella Music

I think I’ve been writing a lot about a cappella music in my blog (See Define Eargasm, Why you should watch The Sing Off). I am a fan of an a cappella competition called The Sing Off. I’ve been wondering why the show is not getting a lot of buzz, considering it’s an NBC show, and it’s a singing contest as well. And whenever I talk to my friends about The Sing Off, I feel like I’m talking to myself. I also wonder why no mainstream artist ventures on a cappella music.

To show how much people know about a cappella music, ask them how the word “a cappella” is spelled. I used to think that it should be spelled as one word but l discovered that the correct spelling is “a cappella” not “acappella”, not “accapella”. It has double “l” and double “p”.

Lately, there are a lot of video clips in Youtube on a capella music, including videos of internet celebrity Sam Tsui. He makes renditions of popular songs such as those of Adele and Bruno Mars. And sometimes he sings with two or four voices then blends it. Cool! It’s like having a duet and quartet all alone.

Gospel Music

I probably know much about gospel music because I grew up with it. But I don’t really know the “commercial gospel music.” I don’t know which gospel songs sell. I was just surprised when I heard Casting Crowns, The Voice of Truth on the radio. What I generally know is the songs that are traditionally sung in church.

But even if you are not religious, you can like gospel music. Gospel music can make great singers given that gospel songs should be heart-felt. Now, we all know that Whitney Houston was once a gospel singer. The last song she sang before she died was Jesus loves me, a song sung in worship services or in Sunday school. And do you know Katy Perry was a Gospel singer? She used to sing hymns, His Eye on the Sparrow and Oh Happy Day. (Gee, those are the songs we sing in church. I wonder what happened to her.)

 

People often say “Open your heart” and “Open your eyes.” I bet it’s about time to “Open your ears.”

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. cestlavie22
    Mar 01, 2012 @ 02:46:00

    First I want to say I LOVE country music and to hear people generalize it in the way you described someone did makes me so angry. But people will always think this way about it I am afraid. I did try to get into the show the sing off but for some reason it was not able to keep my attention. I enjoy accapella music and I think that the people on the show are incredibly talented but I guess I only have an appetite for so much of that.

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  2. Julisar Anino
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 15:05:16

    … Americans as of today(well, not all of them), are not really IN to those genres anymore… let’s just say, “most of them young ones now are on to Bieber!” Hahaha! Bieber… Country Music is mostly listened here in our country, when I ride a bus going to one city to another and the bus driver would play a country music(specially ASIN), it takes away the “Byahelo”. A Capella is not really a trend in the U.S since most of the people in there are IN to instrumental type of music, there’s another genre(instrumental) a step forward to Techno – it’s what they call “Dubstep”. Actually, in our country, we already have a somewhat SingOff competition, they’re not really seen on TV, but it’s a contest mostly participated by the what we call “BIGATIN” writers, arrangers and performers, maybe you have heard of NAMCYA(National Music Competitions for Young Artists), my brother was one of the contestants representing Davao City, that was held on Tagum City. So, what my brother usually say’s, “If there won’t be any SingOff here in our country, that ain’t a problem.” – I don’t really know if he’s bragging about it or he’s just trying to relieve his disappointment. And about Gospel Music… well, most people think it’s kind’a cheezy to listen to those type of music, I can’t say it’s cheezy, I might – “MIGHT” say it’s Churchie, because, it is now performed with the use of instrument, and not just by guitars but also with complicated stuff(in some other denominations)… I don’t know if you have heard about the Gaellic type of music, it might have already became a genre. Most of the gospel songs as of today (where they are famous of) are performed through Alternative/Rock and Gaellic, just for it to be recognized(or maybe it’s just my observation), but if Gospel is performed in A Capella, I think God would mostly consider listening to it(this is also my opinion).

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  3. PM
    Feb 27, 2012 @ 10:31:05

    you know with this issue i think i have open ears. i don’t care really kung anong genre ng kanta basta maganda ito ayos na sakin. 🙂 sabi nga ng nabasa ko sa the shack, it is the heart of the person singing the song. naks!

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  4. lapiskamay
    Feb 25, 2012 @ 09:28:16

    I guess you are basing your assumption for that ‘underrated’ label by philippine statistics. Country music is a very popular genre in the western world, its really a mystery they dont click in the east especially in asian countries. I do love country, as in a lot. I love the Rascal Flatts, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, and a few tailor swift songs (the rest are more pop, than country), and even the last american Idol is a country singer. try to check out Brad Paisley’s ‘find yourself’, Rascal flatt’s “Bless the broken road’ and Jackson’s “Where were You” those are my favorite country songs!

    You did count Sam Tsui! I’m not familiar with ‘a cappella’… he’s more of a Youtube cover boy i think like the Boyce Avenue, but many loves him. I love his cover for ‘If I die Young’ and ‘don’t stop believin’

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    • Jacklyn Belo
      Feb 27, 2012 @ 12:00:11

      Yah, in Philippine context or in Jacklyn’s context hehe.. I know country music is also popular in some parts of Europe. But I was really shocked when I watched an American TV show and all the contestants were like “Country-music, duh?” reaction. I like that “Bless the broken road”. I also like that other country song, “If I die young.” It reminds me of your Young Blood article hehe.. ..A cappella is not really a genre to be precise. It’s just another approach of singing

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