Several months ago, some of us discussed our desire for David to have more “edge” in his music. One thought led to another subsequently, and I began to ponder over what David should do with his music to arrive at that “edge” we were discussing.
Could it be that his music needs to be less “Wholesome”? Less “Clean”? And less “Collected”?
Does he need to include more Angst? – rage against society … agitation about life … and fretfulness about people around him? Is this the “edge” we were talking about?
It seems to me that during these present times, too many young people have a tendency to wallow in dark, depressing and brooding emotions. It seems to me that some of them are even looking at life as a total anguish, as a constant struggle with themselves and the world at large; that life is a burden which weighs heavily on their young shoulders; that personal freedom has escaped them and is not their privilege.
As a result, they are inclined towards music which is about self-pity, hopelessness and OTT misery. There are also lyrics which seem to me to be pointed towards hedonism, glitter that is superficial, and glorified excesses. I have read that they claim that such music “understands” them although they admit that they themselves have no idea what problem it is that are vexing them and causing them such angst. I am not disparaging these kids. I love and enjoy young people. It is just my observation of these dismal trends that too many young people prefer to go down the dark and bleak by listening and wallowing in too much of these “edgy” songs and emulating those lyrics, and that trend is disturbing to me.
Music, to me, should reach out to our souls, giving it enhancement: by releasing and exorcising the negative energy inside us … by giving it hope and joy … by uplifting our spirits … by reminding us of good memories and throwing out the bad … by tapping our feet in fun and celebration … or even to inducing us to have a good cry but bringing us out a happier and more contented person.
Too much angst, including acting out in our real life and emulating the image the angsty singers seem to project, would surely leave us wallowing in depression and dread. Music surely is not a tool to make us dwell on negativities and make us feel downtrodden by the world in which we would be living for many years. Am I wrong to think that those “almost suicidal” emotions are sadly misguided by a general trend, one of the dictates being “Angst is Cool”?
Having said all that, I do agree that angsty songs can possibly exorcise our negative energy too – but only IF we do not permit them to overtake and overwhelm us into “angst zombies”.
David is collected, holding his own equilibrium. He sings almost perfect. But his market is not. For that reason, should he include more angst in his songs? – so that he would be more acceptable within the flow of the trend? … so that he would be considered more Cool? … in order to enable him to capture a bigger market?
For me, I would like David to approach this “edginess” in a different way and display his own version of “edginess” and “coolness”. If he is angry, sure … I would like that anger to be expressed in his music. If he is perplexed, I want to hear it in his lyrics. Any worldly human emotions he feels, I would like him to write it into his music and share it with us –
– ONLY BECAUSE I know he would sing with all the angsty energy he can muster when there is an angsty situation worth singing about. But he would not use “edginess” to represent him or his image. He would not allow himself or influence his listeners and followers, consciously or unconsciously, to wallow in that deep pit of self -pity, self-distrust and self-dread which are now so rampant amongst our younger people.
Perhaps that is the “edge” we have been discussing?
Either I am making extraordinary sense or I don’t know what I am talking about. Educate me. 🙂