Music Review – Other Values Than Musical in the Popular Genres*

In popular songs, there is an intriguing balance between music and acting. As one who inclines very much to the musical side of things – I listen to singing almost exclusively for the musical qualities – this can often result in perplexity.

Singing that I find unappealing often strikes an emotional and aesthetic chord with other listeners. Why? Are they deaf? Or are they listening for something else?

The answer is the latter. Many successful pop performers are playing a role, using mu…

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