These days I find it hard to find musical artists that I actually truly love. I do listen to a lot of music and I always say I “love” it; but when I say that I don’t really mean it. Music that I really love is music that has a deep meaning behind the lyrics and has a meaning that isn’t so overused like a lot of today’s music. I’m not saying that today’s artists aren’t good singers or song writers, I am just saying that they aren’t being that original. Today we hear a lot of songs about smoking weed or the idea of love that seems to be exactly the same in a lot of songs, and I am starting to think these topics are getting boring to listen to, are overused, and unoriginal.
For example, artists and bands like Justin Bieber, One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer, Fall Out Boy, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, Wiz Kalifa, and many other artists are good examples of songs that fall into what I am talking about. I like or liked listening to a lot of these artists (well except Wiz Kalifa and Justin Bieber) and I thought they were good and I was or is into their music. But as I grew up and started listening more to the lyrics of the songs I realized that I kind of didn’t like the music. I still like the sound of their music but I don’t get that feeling of “Oh my god this music is unbelievable” anymore. Now in order to love a song I need to have original music to achieve any of this. And in my search of good, original music I have only found a few artists that fit my criteria. My Chemical Romance and Twenty One Pilots are two prime examples. These bands have original lyrics that have a deeper meaning behind them and put original ideas into their whole personas.
My Chemical Romance is an amazing band (definitely not everyone’s cup of tea) and have very interesting and dark lyrics. A lot of their lyrics revolve around the idea of death in one form or another. Listening to their songs makes you just think: “wow” and “shit that was deep”. For example, in their song The End. a quote is: If you look in the mirror and don’t like what you see, you can find out firsthand what it’s like to be me, also in the song Planetary a quote is: Ladies and gentlemen: truth is now acceptable and fame is now inject able, and lastly in the song You Know What They Do To Guys Like Me In Prison a quote is: Life is but a dream for the dead. Yes, these lyrics are very dark and kind of emo but you look into them and you either connect with it, you agree with it, or you understand it. My Chemical Romance’s music definitely gave a large group of people a person to relate to and I think these lyrics are really relatable. My all time favorite song from all their albums is the song Cancer in their album The Black Parade. It is one of their slower songs and is kind of sad but has such a deep meaning to all of it. Lyrics to this song are: Turn away, if you could get me a drink of water ’cause my lips are chapped and faded, call my aunt Marie. Help her gather all my things and bury me in all my favorite colors, my sisters and my brothers and now turn away ’cause I’m awful just to see ’cause all my hair’s abandoned all my body. Oh, my agony. Know that I will never marry. Baby, I’m just soggy from the chemo, but counting down the days to go. It just ain’t living, are both lyrics from the song that have an amazing meaning to it. My Chemical Romance is not everyone’s favorite type of music but looking into their songs really gives you a look into a different side of the music industry.
Another band that has similarly relatable, deep, and sad lyrics is Twenty One Pilots. They are more recent than My Chemical Romance, have a more wide genre range so more people are able to like their music, and their music isn’t as sad as My Chemical Romances, but I still relate them to each other because of how meaningful both a lot of their songs are. Lyrics such as Shaking hands with the dark parts of my thoughts, some see a pen I see a harpoon, No one else is dealing with your demons meaning maybe defeating them could be the beginning of your meaning friend, Sometimes to stay alive you gotta kill your mind, Behind my eyelids are island of violence, Cause I’m quiet now and silence gives you space, and lastly I need something to kill me I’m tired of taking my own life. These are just a short list of meaningful lyrics that are in their songs. Just like My Chemical Romance, Twenty One Pilots can give you a different side of music. There music isn’t solely based on romantic relationships. Tyler Joesph, the lead singer, have songs written about his wife, his best friend, real problems about himself, and so many other deep topics.
In conclusion, and aside from my rambling, I think there are becoming fewer and fewer artists that have meaningful, relatable, and deep lyrics that can actually make you think. A lot of people today, young and old, don’t actually think. We listen to songs about sex, drugs, smoking, and crappy love but we don’t listen to songs about the more real stuff like suicide, friendship, disease, death, depression, and other real life problems, and I think a lot of My Chemical Romance’s and Twenty One Pilots’ songs cover these which is amazing. And as a reminder I am not saying your choice in music is valid, I am just showing my view on music today.