Emo songs are all created in that image. This anonymous person comes alive in the song lyrics. The singer is famous and appears to be singing about his or her troubles, which may or may not be the case. The lyrics all involve an implied author expressing negative emotions about something that happened to him or her. In many cases, the angst that is being expressed in these videos is fairly generic and could apply to anyone. However, people will still listen to these songs over and over again, sharing in the generic angst of people who do not exist, demonstrating their commitment to exploring these feelings.
Personalized Songs in the Emo Subculture
Many of the lyrics in emo music are going to be highly individualized. The implied narrators of the songs are going to be talking in first person and emo songs are full of first person pronouns. This simple stylistic choice is going to make all the difference in terms of how these songs are going to be perceived.
On the one hand, the use of first person pronouns will make the song seem like it reflects the emotions of the singer in a way that feels that much more authentic. On the other hand, some detractors will say that the entire first person pronoun use is going to make the song feel much more like a bout of whining. Naturally, these individuals would usually feel the same way if the songs were in third person or the first person pronoun choice was reversed, but the personalized nature of the songs is only going to heighten the effect for them.
Of course, the lovers of emo music have a tendency to like the very things that the detractors dislike, so the personalized nature of many emo songs will draw them in from the start. Many people like songs where the singer almost seems like he or she is communicating with the audience. In the emo subculture, people pouring out their emotions on their blogs and livejournal accounts back in the day was common, to the point that the outside detractors would mock the situation. The emo subculture is one in which people are encouraged to express and to vent their feelings.
When people express and vent their feelings, it sometimes signals to other people that it is okay for them to express and to vent their own feelings, which is going to be an appealing prospect for the individuals who feel as if the way that they feel is constantly being trivialized and belittled.