Tone It Down, Please. 2016-05-23

SoundTrackAlbumBackground music in all our entertainment quite frankly sucks. The theory is that music weaves a story as much as the writers, directors, actors, set designers, costumes, hair and make-up. It all blends together to create the movie magic to which we have become so familiar.

I am here to say cut out or at least minimize all the dramatic drums, orchestrations, humming, and ethereal undertones that are interjected into each and every frame. Even commercials, promotions, advertisements, literally everything has a noisy soundtrack running simultaneously with the film. It’s art, I get that, but for Lord’s sake give it a rest every once in awhile, will ya? It’s so distracting to the story. I’d love to see a SNL skit where they’re sitting around trying to hear the dialogue, but the music is so loud and irritating at the same time they can’t really hear what’s going on in the story.

This subject has struck a raw nerve with me for sure. The more I notice it; the more I notice it. Can’t we please put the violins away for awhile and let us follow the story through the writings and not the ever-present manipulation with music of where we’re told the story should take us ultimately not letting the viewer journey along the path of the story independently of the incessant pounding drums.

There are households all over America asking their kids to turn down the music on their listening devices so they can hear the music on their favorite show instead. Music is a special art form and well revered the world over. So it’s use should be appreciated and not muddied with seemingly infinite cacophony.

Can we put the Genie back in the bottle just a little? I say free the film from the constantly running music and noise in the background. Give us a chance to notice when the music is present in the film giving it a special meaning instead of trying to watch in spite of the music. The soundtrack loses its impact at the hand of over doing it. Boring? Dead air? Pregnant pauses? Yes, finally, thank goodness! … Sandy

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