After reading Hegel's aesthetics of art I have been able to understand why a picture or song looks/sounds great. I have gained knowledge of the fundamentals or art. I have used this newly found knowledge of art and applied it to songs that I enjoy and have meaning to them. I will be breaking down a classic country song and find out why it has been able to still be popular after many years. The song is “He Stopped Loving Her Today” by the late George Jones. It is regarded as the greatest country song of all time according to several surveys which were voted on by fans and industry insiders.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel viewed art as a framework to account in an integrated and developmental way for the relation of mind and nature. There are three parts of Hegel's philosophical account of art and beauty. These parts include ideal beauty, the different forms that beauty takes in history, and the different arts in which beauty is encountered. Hegel believes that art is more beautiful than nature. This is because that art is an expression of mind while nature is just a mechanical set of pieces. Hegel believed that art progressed over time. From ancient art to modern art built upon the past version of art and makes it better. An example of progression of art is the cave paintings to Greek sculptors to modern art.
Then Hegel discusses how art can be presented architecture, sculpture, painting, music, and poetry. He also believes that each of these mediums is built upon one another with poetry being the pinnacle of art. His opinion on art can be found on page 94,"Music, too, treats the sensuous as ideal, and does by negating and idealizing into the individual isolation of a single point, the indifferent externality of space, whose complete semblance is accepted and imitated by painting." Additionally, music originates in the immediate uttering of feeling, interjection. Though music is more than cry of pain or a sigh; it is an organized, developed, rhythmic flow of interjections.
“He Stopped Loving Her Today” is a song about someone who has never given up on his love. He keeps old mementos such as letters and pictures from past years. He hangs on to expectations that she will come back. By He stopped loving her today Jones means that the only time the man stops loving her is when he is dead. This was revealed with the ending chorus. "He stopped loving her today, They placed a wreath upon his door, And soon they'll carry him away, He stopped loving her today."
George Jones grew up in a very poor family. Because of this he sang on the streets as a child. He began recording music in the 1950s. He had 13 number one hits over his long career including “He Stopped Loving Her Today." He regarded as one of the best country artists in the history of the genre. He is a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
The song is interesting to me because everyone has that one person that they cannot forget, even though they may want to. Some people have trouble keeping...