Party Rock. You may not have noticed it, but it’s creeped it’s way up from frat houses everywhere into mainstream music. While simplistic in nature, the allure of a thumping bass tied to some irresistibly catchy lyrics make it almost impossible not to move your hips just a bit. But what is the cost of manufacturing music with the lone intention that your fans are going to get drunk to it?
The ‘Hit’ List
– Content. Definitely.
– Originality. Absolutely.
– Musicality. Probably.
– Harmonic complexity. Of course.
– Lyricism. Sure.
Simplicity is key in this type of music. You can’t (or at least most people can’t) dance to bebop. Blistering fast tempos along with atypical rhythmic figures make it a grueling ordeal even for skilled dancers . It’s all about the feel and significantly less about the actual content. You certainly wouldn’t partake in listening parties where everyone sits by candlelight and discusses the poetic intricacies of Ke$ha’s lyrics. That would one short conversation! There just isn’t anything there. Nothing of value. Nothing of interest. But, that doesn’t matter because that’s not why we listen to it. And while looking for polyrhythms and atypical harmonies is like trying to find a Yankees fan in Fenway Park, it is ultimately successful at its most primitive elements: moving people.
As much as it pains me to admit this we… must accept and
respect settle with Party Rock, because for now, it’s here to stay.
The main goal of music, why we messed around with it, centuries ago was to move people. We saw and felt the power in this. For many of us, music shapes our lives. It is deeply tied to how we feel.
So, in closing. Ke$ha, try listening to something other than George Carlin’s Seven Dirty Words.