Throughout history, people have tried to classify things into groups to better understand. These groups contain things that share a certain quality. One thing people have difficulties grouping together is genres of music. Obviously, some music falls under multiple genres or forms its own genre because it is so different. But one genre, which has been incredibly problematic for me to grasp, is the genre known as “emo”.
“Emo” is short for the word “emotional”, but both words are far from sharing the same definition. Things considered emotional portray significant emotions like anger, happiness, sadness, etc. Therefore, all music could be considered “emotional” music. Emo, however, is usually associated with the music, fashion and photography styles of typical “emo” kids, who are commonly identified as teenagers who have not discovered how to deal with issues life throws at them (like anyone really knows how). “Emo” kids tend to resort to avoiding social interaction, exclusion from society and, in extreme cases, self-mutilation in a masochistic way. Regardless of the ideas that an “emo” lifestyle is nothing more than another way of living, and because of these unusual behaviors, society has excluded “emo” kids by making them outcasts and avoiding them (kind of like how they avoid society already). This avoidance has lead to a general hatred towards all things considered “emo”. It has also allowed the general population to ignore a music style that combines several of the most popular forms of music such as the generic band (lead, rhythmic, and bass guitar and percussion) acoustic (acoustic guitar, and piano), a taste of a big band sound (brass) and power-driven vocals with captivating and significant lyrics.
Before getting into the way most people just ignore “emo” music, perhaps its success in gaining mainstream recognition should be brought up. The year of 2006 saw a few bands gain a popularity that was once reserved for rock and hip-hop groups, and those are “Fall Out Boy” and “PANIC! At the Disco”, among others less familiar. Now, what is it that makes these bands so prosperous? Not much really, someone liked the way they sounded and put their music on the radio. When these groups became “big”, you wouldn’t be able to go half and hour without hearing “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” on some of the most popular radio stations in the area. It used to be “Sugar, We’re Going Down” was a frequently played song on popular stations (its playing has been reduced since the song is a few years old). However, for those who are devoted “emo” listeners, we know how difficult it may be to convince a friend who doesn’t listen to “emo” music to give it a chance. Some people have to get past the fact that the music they are listening to is in fact considered “emo”.
“Emo” music consists of many different music styles combined that are often deemed inappropriate by listening to some of the more intense members of the group. It appears to some that there are three sub-groups of “emo” music. The first is the generic band, often overlooked because the music is very similar (but then again, rap is, more or less, all the same, so why do people have to ignore an “emo” band?). The lyrics may contain anything from upbeat and peppy broadcasts, to God even (Relient K is a well known Christian Rock/”Emo” band), to depressing and saddening ballads about things like lost love, life or hope (Dashboard Confessionals, Fall Out Boy or Jimmy Eat World). The second sub-group is aptly referred to as “screamo”, where the vocalist proceeds to scream the lyrics rather than sing them or do both. The final sub-group is “acoustic emo”, with music centering on fascinating piano and acoustic guitars and influential vocals that are capable of inspiring someone to create amazing art or put one to sleep like a lullaby, and even to dance to. This is the emo music most often brushed off by society and yet is the most rewarding.
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