Guest post from Alice Morell, a professional musician, dancer, and blogger at My Music Box. You can find Alice on Twitter @AliceMorell.
Music is all about spectacle, no matter what culture you’re in. It pushes boundaries, changes perceptions, and challenges the status quo. The best music makes us think, makes us feel, and reminds us that the way things are is not the way things always have to be. It speaks to some of our baser instincts, and the part of us that refuses to be just another copy of the cultural standard. These elements are vitally important in any culture, keeping it evolving and flexible, and helping to prevent cultural stagnation. All of these elements of music are put forth to the listener through the artists voice.
Language finds its ultimate expression through music, where emotion and vitality are transmitted through the power of the singers’ voice. It’s an aspect of our culture that is with us from the very beginning, when we first start learning the alphabet, and carries on being with us through all aspects of learning language. Most everyone, at some time in their lives, has had to write poetry in school, and it is a hallmark of the angsty teenager to write poems expressing this time of change. In the case of Lady Gaga, she used it to challenge the world to tell her to change, just so she could spit in its eye.