Materialistic lifestyles are encouraged in a culture which thrives on consumerism.
In a capitalistic society ideas get marketed as products and physical items. We go beyond the need to just buy the necessities plus perhaps the occasional luxuries and buy into all these products. It’s for the lifestyle it brings and the social status. Its these beliefs and views we gain that we want
We can look in ourselves and ideas within rather than buy stuff to fulfil a non-physical need or void in us. We can look to societal/intellectual constructs to help us in life which you could say as certain bits forms/aspects of “culture”. Although people say that culture is brainwashing. Yes many aspects are so to be avoided e.g. tv shows promoting ideologies of how to act in a subtle way without you even noticing. However some forms of music and art that a generated from cultural ideas are very interesting to look at. We can say experiences we gain are important because we learn from them that includes visiting new places (or old places again too of course).
Saying all this sometimes items do have a purpose in life, such as creative purposes or as non necessary tools its just when people try and use it to directly fill a void in their life or overly consume. More stuff doesn’t directly lead to happiness although yes some stuff is very useful and good or can lead to cool opportunities and fun things. Or intellectual stimulation.
A large amount of music released in recent times have many repetitive notes in and are often about things like drugs, discos, desire etc. And they are very similar to each other. I just think, aren’t people bored of this stuff already?
Could this be reflecting the way many peoples lives lacking in variation hence repetition and being centered around shallow activities? But maybe more so being about trying to numb out inner feelings with consuming music. Like that drum like rhythm that is similar in a way to hypnosis. For some music can even become an addiction even if it is a mild one. And with more music like the type I mentioned more people are influenced into such lifestyles however small the influence may be.
Since music often had more variation within it, i’m I trying to say peoples lives were more varied in the past? Perhaps not. But I would say that at least people were not so into numbing their minds going to bars all the time and doing activities that are mind numbing. I’m sure in the past more people were in touch with nature and you can see how there is much music that reflects nature.
Though I think one of the biggest problems with today’s music is perhaps though how less money is around for music. So music producers are going to concentrate on making music they know they can sell, which pop music does quite well at.
Music is best when the composer is in line with themselves but this is quite hard to do when the composer is competing for fame.
Perhaps though it is really more about those who want the music that are leading to such music being created. As long as there is demand there will always be a supply of this type of music.
But of course there is music out there with much more variety, if you look (Perhaps not too much on the music charts). Although what music you like will be ultimately down to what kind of person you are right now and so the types of music people like varies greatly between people in the same way as there is a great variety of different people in the world.