Over the last few days in music class, we’ve been discussing about Philippine music in the different areas of the country (before being conquered, Spanish period, American period, and modern period). Our topic has brought to light many similarities and differences about the periods, like how the Americans and Spaniards revolutionized our music by adding their own twists. And how these twists helped our music and culture change.
Music today is mainly either love songs or R&B genres, you barely hear rock n’ roll today. Personally I side with rock rather than other genres, like Blink-182, The All-American Rejects, Parokya ni Edgar (Philippine band), and other bands. You can’t even watch TV without hearing Lady Gaga’s or Justin Bieber’s voice because here in the Philippines, they use those songs as the background music. It’s hard hearing these songs over and over again.
The Philippines has it’s own genres of course like Philippine rock, Philippine rap and others. There is one known as “Bodots” or Techno that consists of computer generated sounds in a beat, and some sound effects thrown in, bottom line of this genre is it makes your head throb like crazy.
Tribal music on the other had is just a few drums a kulintang (a stand with 8 small gongs on it) and a bigger gong. Simple. But all these have been replaced by much more complicated instruments.
I don’t know why, but I hate those R&B songs, maybe because of my brother always playing them just to get me mad, they make me want to go to the top of a mountain where it’s much more quiet. It’s also become a habit for many songs to have bad language now, which has affected the youth badly. It’s a shame to hear these words in songs that kids like. Another issue in the musical world are the controversies, like their videos, which have bad content, these even influence kids in a bad way.