Tuesday, March 17, 2015
1970s Music Populartiy
I think the singer-songwriters of the 1970s were popular because their style of music was so completely different. They were writing and singing about their true emotions, and using the words "I" and talking about how they, personally, feel. This contrasted drastically to the rock and roll music that used the terms "we" and bonded everyone together as one. Like the song, Woodstock, it says "we are stardust, we are golden, we are billion year old carbon" and "we were half a million strong" which is bringing everyone together as one group of people interested in one common goal. However, the music of the singer-songwriters in the 1970s were expressing things like, "I am on a lonely road and I am traveling" from Joni Mitchell's song, which is individualizing herself from the crowd. Talking about her feelings, and the emotions of a woman, was radical at the time and I think that is why it was so popular- because people were genuinely excited about this change in music.