From the article:
Attach the appropriate music when reading the following lyrics:
“Heaven, I’m in heaven, and my heart beats so that I can hardly speak.”
“When I fall in love, it will be forever.”
“Memories, light the corner of my mind; misty watercolor memories of the way we were.”
Pluck the heartstrings, don’t they?
That’s the plan. These are romantic songs, specifically designed to make the
heart flutter, to bring a warm glow to the cheeks and to evoke visions of
candlelight, champagne and warm longing.
“Gettin’ crunk wit’it” and “it’s gettin’ hot in here, so take off all your clothes” just don’t seem to have the same romantic lilt.
And that’s the problem. Classy romance seems out of vogue these days when it comes to music, movies and theater.
In popular music, romance dominated from the ’30s through the late ’50s
with crooners such as Frank Sinatra, Patti Page, Nat “King” Cole and Rosemary
Clooney swooning out the radio hits.Reach blames some of the decline in romance
and sophisticated music to the rise of rock’n’roll.
“We went from the very urbane, contemporary music, very sophisticated
settings written by highly trained highly skilled composers, to basically
musical illiterates — Chuck Berry, Little Richard,” he says.
But even after rock’n’roll’s birth in the late ’50s, romance still was
a big seller in pop-music songs by Elvis Presley, the Beatles and especially
R&B artists from Motown. And Reach doesn’t completely diss rock music,
pointing out that some fine romantic songs have been written by such acts as
Stevie Wonder, the Beatles and Elton John.
But songs written in classic style are no longer coming out of rock, he
“I still think the good songs are being written,” he says. “The one
genre of popular music where the song is still the thing is country music, where
there are singer/songwriters who are very talented and skilled performers as
well as excellent songwriters.”
In the theater, romance hasn’t died, but it’s been weaved into the
cynical, ironic and sometimes crass entertainment pie of today. New musicals are
being produced onstage — Rent, The Producers, Hairspray — but they don’t lend
themselves to sticky-sweet romance.
“They’re ironic theater,” Wofford says.
“It has social commentary so it tends to be unromantic.”
Hey, Rent's a lil romantic ;-) To read the full article check it out here: http://www.cleburnenews.com/entertainment/2004/as-music-0401-sryan-4c31q3232.htm