Pop music is just a bass, a beat, and a melody, with an occasional quiet harmony. It’s simple, yet people of the new generation absolutely adore it. But when written down, practiced, and closely inspecting it, the music that I loved suddenly seemed so much duller than ever before.
Now, everyone hates pop music just because of Justin Biebe, (which I do). I mean that I think pop is so uncomplicated in a musical way. The spring concert at Bridle Path proved my thoughts when we performed. All of us were dressed in our best attire, which for some reason meant wearing the ugliest sneakers you could find, and with their flashy instruments, I could see some really nice jazz musicians in this band. The hallways were stifling hot, and the fancy clothes were not helping at all. The concert time crept closer, and with the speed of a striking snake, we were hustled on stage.
Today’s performance was unique from all the other years. There were the usual, easy, yet beautiful songs, fast and slow, featuring every section. But it was mainly two songs that really felt strong among 6 musical pieces. The first was a jazz piece called “Slidin’ the Blues”. This song featured the trombone section which was huge. There were 18, I believe, trombones in the band, and some had tons of talent. This jazzy tune really got some people rocking to the beat, and it caught me as well. Bobbing to the rhythm was dangerous as a sax player, and so our section had to settle with simply tapping feet. Jazz had irregular notes, bending the rules of classical music, which is also why I like it. No rules to how a chord needs to sound, or how half steps sound weird or how F to B (augmented 4th) is the devil’s tune. With differences like these, people can really only like one side, and I’m sitting in the middle. However, that “middle” is the middle of three sides. I also enjoy pop. Boy, liking pop, jazz, and classical seems like picking A, B, or C when all of them are correct, but there’s no all-of-the-above selection.
So the band played “Happy”, another intriguing piece. We also played this piece in Wind Ensemble of North Penn. The pop song was so simple that it didn’t take an advance band to play it. As much as it was cool, the notes weren’t as sophisticated as one would think. We aced the performance, though the grand finale wasn’t as hard as the other pieces.
Split among the three main music groups is difficult. Pros and cons even out, leaving a balanced diet. But someday, I’ll have to choose a side.
(Montgomery/Bridle Path Band Spring Concert 04/23/2015)
管乐作品《快乐》(Music Piece of “Happy” 04/23/2015)
中音萨克斯手(Alto Sax Player 04/23/2015)