Another consideration involves the role of genre in influencing our findings. Indeed, one alternative explanation for our findings is that they reflect increased popularity of certain music genres (e.g., rhythm & blues, hip/hop) instead of relating to previously documented shifts in psychological traits and emotions. Our results contradict this possibility. Because our multiple regression analyses controlled for genre, any changes in genre over time did not significantly account for our effects.
And the music running through the charts is filled with qualities that look a lot like the aspirations and survival strategies of people who’ve felt marginalized—people for whom ego and self-worth can be existential issues, not just matters of etiquette.
Let me tell you what I do when my day is over
After picking the right clothes for about an hour
Oh i'm turning orange from all the carrots around my neck
Tonight i'm taking out the bling and i'm dressed to impress
I'm getting ready for my night out-out-out on the town
I'm lookin hot cuz you know we-we-we are holding it down
I’m just talkin’ truth
I’m telling you ’bout the shit we do
We’re sellin’ our clothes, sleepin’ in cars
Dressin’ it down, hittin’ on dudes
I’ve got that glitter on my eyes
Stockings ripped all up the side
Looking sick and sexy-fied
So let’s go-o-o (Let’s go!)
The height of the form was reached by Gilbert and Sullivan, who had a long-running collaboration during the Victorian era. With W. S. Gilbert writing the libretti and Arthur Sullivan composing the music, the pair produced 14 comic operas, sometimes called Savoy Operas. Most were enormously popular in Britain, the U.S., and elsewhere.
"With a few exceptions, opera seria was the opera of the court, of the monarchy and the nobility. This is not a universal picture: Handel in London composed not for the court but for a much more socially diverse audience, and in the Venetian republic composers modified their operas to suit the public taste and not that of the court. But for the most part, opera seria was synonymous with court opera."
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