Personal and professional lives: the same thing?

When considering the content of most of today’s music, you
will mostly hear lyrics describing relationship break-ups, how people want
another chance with their ex-partner or how their lives have changed in one way
or another since their relationship.

This isn’t something new, but it is interesting to note how
every type of artist will use this genre of lyrics. Bands just starting off,
unsigned and unheard of will use this subject to write their first songs, the
same way the most established people in the music industry will.

They both share the similarity of using personal experiences
to produce songs they want people to listen to, but obviously there is a large
difference between a 17 year old singing about his first love and Madonna
expressing her feelings on a marriage break-up that has been in the media eye
since day one.

The question I am therefore contemplating is where does a
musician writing personally-incorporated lyrics end and a publicist seeing a music
sales opportunity start?

Using Madonna as an example here, the lyrics to the songs
from her latest album offer no hiding from the fact they are directly aimed at
Guy Ritchie, or are they? A musician may argue the best way of describing their
feelings are through their music, but even so, would this not be communicated
to the intended person fairly badly if the information is firstly informed to
every member of the public?

My personal experience tells me so, seen as when I went
through a break-up from a serious relationship earlier this year; it offered
the exact opposite reaction in that I didn’t blog for over 6 months. (Lesson
learnt: don’t blog personal topics, they will bite you in the arse).

If Madonna is trying to maintain a respect for Guy and keep
things from going bitter as the media reports, perhaps she should sing about
something other than their relationship dying out, even if it doesn’t gain her
as much chart success. Then again, I guess that answers the question of music
sales offering more importance.

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