The expression pop music is most often connected with music marketed greatly in a commercial way starting round the nineteen fifties. The expression, of course, means favorite music. Considering this in a broader sense it might mean music that’s usually popular with the people at large instead of an allegedly ‘serious music’ which isn’t simple to understand and just appreciated by geeks in their ivory towers.
Let us take, for Instance, the following snippet of lyrics from “Rock ‘n Roll Music;”
‘I Don’t Have Any kick against modern jazz
Unless they try to play it too darn fast
And change the beauty of the tune
Until it seems just like a symphony’
Justified, in a sense, I guess as Modern Jazz was attempting to be a ‘serious art form.’ However, you get the idea; people enjoy the simple elegance of a tune and do not need all of the complexity. There is a good deal more to it, as we will see.
Back in the afternoon; the sixteen countless before, say, the Church had its thumb on pretty much everything that went on and that contains music. Before this, in the dark ages, the church let no music in any way. They then let chanting. If you have ever heard a ‘Gregorian Chant,’ you may have enjoyed it but you would have to confess that it is not quite rock and roll. The Church let no musical instruments for the maximum period. 1 reason for this is that the instruments were Roman and the Church was having nothing of old Rome. More importantly, the Church desired nothing which could stimulate or provoke anyone beyond a submissive, trance-like frame of mind.
Fast forward into the sixteen hundreds and we’ve got the Lutheran Church. Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Catholic Church. What’s his heinous offense? He interpreted the church service from Latin to a language that the people could understand. Ahead of this, people came to church weekly and had little notion of what exactly was going on. The people couldn’t read and the Church, before the, had no interest in educating them to. The people were educated to read.