The long lost art of good music.

As many of my fellow Americans, I have gone through the motions of iPod upgrades. But recently I stumbled upon my iPod Classic and decided to plug it in. After waiting several minutes and resisting the urge to treat the screen as touch sensitive, I was able to talk a walk down music memory lane.

Two years ago, my computer hard drive crashed and I lost everything. Subsequently I lost a lot of music. As I scrolled through the ancient (it’s four years old) iPod I rediscovered one of my favorite bands on the entire planet, Wavorly.

My guess, is that very few people have ever heard of this band. For one, they fall into genre limbo. They are a band, whose members happen to be Christians, but their lyrics are blatantly religious. So, they aren’t “Christian” enough for Christian radio and they’re “too Christian” for mainstream. But this is another story altogether.

Besides being ignored and passed off as music not deserving of respect, their career as a band was minimal. In their time, they release one full-length album, an EP (extended play) and a farewell collection. That’s it. And it’s a tragedy.

Since none of you have heard of them, pretend I’m talking about a favorite band of yours that never seemed to take off as you hoped. The sad story is so common among bands who actually write their own music and need sales in order to survive.

Wavorly, who has release two previous albums under the name Freshman 15, released their first full-length album, Conquering the Fear of Flight, produced by Flicker Records. The first time I listened to this album, I was captivated.

Their style was unique, the Intro transports you to another era, reminiscent of film soundtracks for Victorian England inspired films. But also sounding similar to Panic! at the Disco. All the while incorporating the themes of C.S. Lewis’ “The Great Divorce” without it seeming like it. (Everyone should be ashamed now for rocking out to Justin Bieber right now.)

After the release of Conquering the Fear of Flight in 2007, the band went silent. It’s unfortunate, but it happens. Slowly I forgot about them. After I stopped using my old iPod, they simply became a band I once listened to.

In a time where songs titled “Stupid Hoe” can make the top 100 on the charts, our society is in desperate need for music that has substance. Songs that require thought and ingenuity are a lost art. Instead, the music we are forced to endure stays catchy and shallow.

While there is a time and a place for catchy and shallow, there is a vital need for music that truly pushes the boundaries, and I don’t mean the ones that compete to see how many poor radio edits it can get.

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3 thoughts on “The long lost art of good music.

  1. I can totally relate to this. I had an old-school mp3 player when I was a freshman in high school that I can’t find, nor would I know how to work it anymore. But, I wish I could remember some of the songs that I loved back then. After reading this, I immediately went to iTunes on my iPhone and looked up Wavorly… What songs do you suggest?

  2. A good personal approach to talking about a band you like. Great topic! Now apply Hanson’s Law and start with the second paragraph. Keep the ideas from the first, but they belong after you get the story started. Keep that story going as a way of structuring what you write. I really like how you describe this band as one that falls between genres. What else can you do to help us understand this band?

  3. I have my mp3 player with all my old music and then my ipod touch with all my newer/current music. It’s kind of fun to listen to my mp3 player once in awhile. I realize how much I still like some of the older music that I listened to in junior high. In listening to the two different devices one can also tell how much my music selection has evolved. I haven’t ever heard of Wavorly, I’ll have to look them up!

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