Is Musical Language Subjective?
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     Language can be either a barrier for musical interpretation, or it can be the reason why you grow to love music even more. Music is subjective, interpretive, and it is a mighty force. When it is in a language other than the one that you know and are comfortable with, a deep layer of intriguing mystery is added to it. The reason that I bring this up, is because I have recently discovered a Japanese rock band by the name of Meine Meinung. They pride themselves on performing video game music, rock music, and their own originals. They are part of the record label Moonbow Music and the band is composed of a lead singer, two guitarists, and a cello player. They are also skilled in many other instruments, which together create a unique sound.

     The real reason why I adore this band is because there is such a great amount of creativity in it’s sound. The band’s dedication to creating such good, unique sound is impressive. In a world in which popular music is being streamlined and is often made simplistic, Meine Meinung adds variety and spice, giving the jazz sound in the music that they create much flavor. Meine Meinung sings nearly all of their music in the Japanese language, and I think that this enhances the great flavor even further. I can’t understand what they’re saying, but I can understand the melodies, the musical framing, and the emotion behind the music. Of their songs, I love Starburst. This acoustic sound is played completely in Japanese, which enables you to create the story behind the music, personally based on what you hear. You choose what the harmonies display when you listen to this tune. Many view language differences as a barrier preventing one from fully understanding the music.  But such differences can also enhance music, because you get to create the story that you are hearing.

By Christian Davis