Recently I've been thinking about musicians and their, orientations shall we say, and I've been pondering whether such a fundamental part of an artist and their personality, will have an effect on their music. This article is not about trying to call music "gay" or look at it in a derogatory way—it's about examining both sides of the coin. Music can be given both masculine and feminine qualities, and artists that harness these ideas can establish a better connection with their core audience—regardless of which way they swing.
...its about gays and bisexuals as an underclass, as a minority treated differently and with less rights than straight normal people.
Generally manly, macho music consists of big, loud guitars and pounding, driving beats—this bold and thrusting nature of the music is clearly a euphemism for a large manhood, and the ability to pump away all night long. It's big, dumb and stupid—a surface connection only. Whereas female music is usually quieter, piano driven music where the artist has the freedom to pull and push rhythms—it's thoughtful, deep and introspective. It's poetic, clever and crafted—a piece with layers.
What I'm talking about is more than writing some flamboyant, over the top, lets put flamingos in the music video sort of thing—it's about gays and bisexuals as an underclass, as a minority treated differently and with less rights than straight “normal” people. I'm asking whether going through life, perhaps hiding your sexuality from others, results in music that shows a little vulnerability and a little more thought. Whether these artists get more out of the creative process than straight artists? Do they, through songwriting, gain a new, more powerful voice for discussing their issues and their thoughts than their everyday, out in the street voice?
No doubt part of this is because they have their artist's head on which gives them the ability to write what they like in an anonymous, hypothetical sense. To have the confidence to tackle issues using their persona as a performer, as a mask to hide behind and a symbol of hope. This brings me on to the one thing that any artist—straight, gay or bisexual—all have in common as their greatest strength, their influence. Regardless of what team they bat for, they are all celebrities in the public eye. They all have the status that of whatever they say is a little stronger.