Well, it’s official. We’re bummed out. German and Canadian researches have confirmed we prefer sad songs over happy ones. The last 5 decades have been a slippery slope leading to Downerville.
Analysis of Billboard Hot 100 lists reveals that the number of songs in major keys is half of what it was 50 years ago. Half. And the tempo has slowed down.
To Hell with dancing. We’re on a death march here. No chirpy up-tempo songs for us! Life sucks. Don’t interfere with our misery.
Now, why is that? I mean, in the 60’s we had the Vietnam War and impending nuclear holocaust. He only had one (black and white) TV and our parents put on Lawrence Welk when we wanted to watch Get Smart. Racial discrimination was considered acceptable! We had reason to be worried. We should have sung the blues from sunrise to sunset. But we didn’t. Life was cool. We were optimistic.
I mean, everyone had jobs and all, and we hadn’t figured out that politicians lie to their own mothers, and we weren’t watching the planet being destroyed before our very eyes, but still …
OK, I get it. But life can imitate art, and maybe we just need to buck up and change our tune. Ain’t nothin’ but sorrow down this road we’re on.