Iman’s Space Featuring Romy
April 11, 2020
Romy and Iman are self proclaimed music snobs. When they’re not lurking around in their private conversations, they can be found talking to the other Aesthete writers about music. Having a conversation with Iman is risky business, because you can be assured that she will take any sentence you say and shove a song at you containing that sentence.
Being bilingual, having a conversation with Romy is even riskier. Romy has the power to throw both an English song and Dutch song at you. Iman and Romy have decided to suffer in the name of entertainment by listening to the top 50 hits all around the world. The purpose of this is so that they could tell you all about what they believe are the current music clichés. Let’s see what they gathered during their investigation.
“Welcome back! Today we’re going to be learning Spanish,” Iman said.
“There are other ways to learn Spanish that don’t involve listening to these songs,” Romy noted.
“This is the method of the masses, darling. We have to do it.” Iman has not listened to anything besides Fall Out Boy for the past five years. Clearly she is not prepared for this.
“Fair enough,” Romy concluded. She was already regretting this decision.
Iman and Romy wanted to form an unbiased opinion, that’s why they put the playlist on shuffle. They were unaware of which songs ranked where on the chart.
“I’m about twenty seconds in and I’ve already noticed a lot of repetitive language. Or maybe I’m three minutes in and there’s only seven lyrics,” Iman sighed heavily, removing one
Romy remained optimistic until they reached the third song, “Most songs have the same beat in the background,” she finally said.
“We’re still on the same song.” Iman didn’t stop to ask herself why one song was taking up twelve minutes of her life until –
“They all sound the same,” Romy confessed.
Iman and Romy could listen in silence for a few more minutes, until their inner feminists started screaming at them.
“Ninety percent of these songs are performed by men,” said Romy.
“You’re right. The females on this playlist are either collaborating with men or their vocals aren’t all that strong,” Iman added.
“And if there is a song with a female lead, all I hear are computer sounds and offensive rap,” Romy said. She longed to hear the peaceful sounds of her personal playlist once again.
In her opinion, most of the songs in the top 50 were all the same style. Romy wondered what had become of music. What was wrong with some country, rock, or a ballad? It made Romy miss the happy guitar sounds that make her feel like she was enjoying a late summer night outside, or the little riffs in the rock songs that give her chills all the way down her spine in the best possible way.
“And what about all of the obscene language? It’s like being shipwrecked with a bunch of sailors,” Iman shuddered.
“All I’m hearing is a bunch of random, offensive words,” Romy responded in disappointment.
“A lot of the same artists are on this playlist. There are lesser known artists who certainly deserve a spot on here.” Iman came to the realization that fame is often more recognized than talent, and sometimes fame can be acquired for all the wrong reasons.
“Thank you for reminding me! Look at the names of some of these artists. What’s wrong with using a normal name?” Romy wondered why flashy names were more likely to bring an artist recognition as opposed to an ordinary name combined with an extraordinary song.
“This song isn’t that bad if I listen to it on mute.” Iman was proud of herself for coming up with her new life hack.
“Before we even get the chance to like a song, the radio will throw it at us six times a day to make us hate it before we know it well enough to have an honest opinion on it.” Romy expressed, thinking back to all of the times she heard popular songs on the radio 100 times a day and cringed inwardly.
“Artists who had massive hits a couple years ago, like Jessie J, Carly Rae Jepsen, Beyonce and Rihanna are barely in the current charts. They are all replaced by young artists who sing in the same style, and some of them are famous for all of the wrong reasons.” Romy
thought back to the days of simple, yet beautiful pop music.
Romy and Iman couldn’t bring themselves to venture further in. We all know that if they had continued to listen, this article would be an entire rant. They did, however, acknowledge that there are some good songs that have made it into the top 50.
Romy makes it her personal mission to expose more people to different types of music. Iman is simply passionate about spreading the word of Frightened Rabbit, PVRIS, Elvis Presley and Charlie Void.
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