Axver (axver) wrote,
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On the length of songs. And an LJ music festival!

What do you believe is the longest reasonable length for a song?

Under 4 minutes
3(6.8%)
4-5 minutes
3(6.8%)
5-6 minutes
4(9.1%)
6-7 minutes
2(4.5%)
7-10 minutes
2(4.5%)
10-15 minutes
2(4.5%)
No limit: artists should not be limited by time constraints
28(63.6%)


Very simple poll really. At what point, if any, do you feel a song gets too long? [The following are the biased comments of my thoughts and are wholly and unashamedly meant to sway your opinion.] When I have good music, I love to share it, but it makes me sad to know that some friends simply won't listen to it because it's 12 minutes in length. I personally really enjoy long songs and wish the Attention Deficient society we live in would pull its head out of its arse and recognise that good music can - and often does - extend beyond the four minute mark that radio cherishes so much. If it's going to take fifteen minutes to tell a story, create atmosphere, and showcase musicianship, take fifteen minutes! Don't sell yourself short by forcing all of that into a third of the space and releasing an inferior product. And it's such a relief to find musicians who aren't afraid to take a song beyond the basic verse/chorus/verse/chorus structure: sometimes an alternate structure or lack thereof is far more beneficial to the story, theme, or message of a song. There's so much meaning, beauty, and ability to be found in music, and it's regularly found outside the formulaic, four minute world of radio. We wouldn't tell a painter their picture can't be more than a metre high by a metre wide, and anyone who thinks a book shouldn't be more than a couple hundred pages is nothing short of ignorant, so why should we limit musicians and our own musical experience by writing off songs longer than a certain length as 'boring' or 'too long'?

I sometimes wonder if people actually listen to music because it's good, or just listen because it's a short pop-y number with one of those run-of-the-mill choruses you can hum loudly while you bop your head to the catchy beat.

On a similarly musical note, no pun intended, I had a little idea earlier as I made a joke post on Interference about the 'Axveriffic Music Festival' supposedly on 10 March next year, and that idea was the first annual Axver And Friends Music Festival. In other words, if we were to have a music festival stretching over a few days, to appeal to the tastes of everyone on my friends list, what bands would appear (besides the headliner, U2)? So go on, submit the names of up to five bands or artists you really like. They can be ANYONE, even bands no longer active or even alive, even people I don't know or like - after all, it is the Axver AND FRIENDS Music Festival. If you're stuck and can't narrow your choices down to just five, think of who I will be including and take them off your list - it IS co-ordinated by me, after all, so I can and will include whoever I want without a five band limit. Once I have the full list of bands submitted, I will organise them into groups and create the entire festival schedule in an exercise of total pointlessness that I will likely find really interesting for no apparent reason. And if you do happen to submit the name of bands I don't know, be prepared to tell me what they sound like (both in genre and similar bands) so that I don't end up putting a metal act after a traditional Russian ensemble. Oh, and I have no idea if every name submitted would make it - depends on participation and how I fit things in - so if someone you suggest misses the cut, please don't take offence. Let's just see how this goes ... and if more than a couple of people even participate, ha.
Tags: artists, creativity, limitations, music, radio, society, songs
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