Unpopular music and underrated music are two different aspects albeit at times they could be the same thing. However, that is not always so. Popular music is popular for one main reason. Millions of people have listened to them, appreciated them and given the nod for others to listen to. It is not only people but the internet today is designed in such a way that you will only listen to the topmost #trending songs, most likely by prominent artists or rare, buzzing newcomers who have somehow created an impact. But these are simply the cherry on top of the cake. Nonetheless, one could argue that the cherry is the most attractive part of the cake. But we cannot forget the relentless effort put in each layers, though they be comparatively plain. We cannot forget how the cake has been crafted meticulously and how much details are available beneath the delightful icing. Such is the same for worldwide music. There are different essences, versatile moods, sharp tastes of traditional musical instruments and what not that one would miss out if they only devour the ‘good-looking’ features. Perhaps many such underrated musicians’ songs and albums are not filtered by Google or Youtube and other search engines because they are not as glitzy as pop music, that doesn’t mean they are not soulful. Here are a few reasons why you should have more than just popular music in your daily scoop:
Find ‘undiscovered’ gems
When you are exploring beyond the horizon, many potential talents could be uplifted. Think about it! In our very own country, most established and illustrious rock bands had once begun their careers in the underground. When more and more people listened to them and the popularity grew, they turned into the undisputed stars they deserve to be. Perhaps some other band or artist from Bangladesh or anywhere else is waiting to be discovered. Perhaps they do not have enough money to create lustrous music videos, to sell their page on social media and it is also possible that they do not know anybody in the media (TV, newspaper and radio) who would promote them. If you discover their talent and share it with others, they may get the platform they deserve.
It’s a new experience
If you are bored of listening to the same Rihanna, Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber every day, it is your fault. We do not even eat the same dish in every meal 24/7. Then why are you occupying your brains with songs that have a few rants and chants repeated time and again?
Exploring more means that we are no longer limited to genre or anything. There is a trend between fanboys and fangirls to memorize the birth dates, biography, discography and everything of their favourite artists. The failure to do so is equated to lack of loyalty. While it’s always great to become your favourite musician’s encyclopedia, venture a bit more. Add more ‘experience’ than memorized knowledge to your stock.
We get to learn about different cultures, mindsets and civilizations when we explore different parts of music. For example, for the past few months I have been listening to bona fide French music voraciously. While their language and culture is similar to American ones, their music surely is different. For example, in a song ‘Je Suis Malade’ regarding heartbreak by renowned French singer Lara Fabian, she says with bit of sadness and bit of sarcasm “This love kills me and if it continues, I will die alone next to mu radio like a stupid kid listening to my own voice that will sing.” In my opinion, American pop songs are too fast these days and miss this vintage romance in their music. Also, the mentality of French lyricists is so fresh. Another favourite song ‘Je ne veux pas travailler’ by Pink Martini has lines such as “Long ago I knew the smell of love, a million roses didn't smell as sweet. Now a single flower in my way makes me sick.” This kind of allegories is missing in many cultures’ music today and that is the most beautiful thing. In a different culture, we are introduced to a fresh mindset and approach.
Listening to diversified music also has a positive effect on your well-being. You can find your new favourite genre or artist this way, something that remains yet unknown to you. Moreover, you can make new friends!