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IELTS Writing Task 2 – Modern music

Many people believe that modern music can have a negative impact on the young. Others believe the effect of modern music is positive.

Discuss both these views and give your opinion.

Music is certainly something most of people cannot live without. At least, I am one these. I am not sure how it all started but I know that what kept it going was the beat and how it connected to the heart of men, women, boys and girls of different ages, countries and cultures. Nowadays some people think modern music (or should I say contemporary music?), specially hits, can hit the youngsters heart, mind and soul in a really bad manner. Others may think that it can boost this generation on positive vibes. Well, as you already could see, this story has at least two sides and that´s what we are going to talk about in the next few lines, so keep up with me.

When I think about the negative side of music that play on the radio nowadays it instantly comes to my mind what we call pop music. And pop music is almost entirely related to teenagers and younger adults. The main point is that the lyrics of this music style are, not to mention anything worse, vague. They are empty. I could even say in a poetic way that they are “full of nothing”. And that´s something quite easy to notice: just tune in to your local pop radio station or try to find the pop playlist on Spotify. What you are going to listen to is mainly songs about sex, violence and broken hearts. I really don’t think it adds up to anyone’s life, no matter if the person is young or old .

Of course, something good must be found even on something that is bad. This may sound a little like ying yang, but it is true. Usually the mainstream music in our days have a high BPM, which stands for beats per minute. That´s what make you feel excited and energetic when you listen to some songs. And feeling this way is really good, isn’t it? Specially when you need to focus on a specific task, or running or exercising. Some researches even say that listening to high BPM music, just like pop or eletronic music, is like getting a super charge of endorphine.

In my humble opinion I’m not qualified to judge anyone for their music taste or even to say if something’s good or not for them. What I can really point out is that whatever you listen to you are feeding your body and your spirit with it. This way, my recommendation and what I do when the subject is music, is try to find balance between good lyrics and a nice beat.