These days, the real meaning behind the art of music has become irrelevant and unimportant in the industry.
Most musicians' music takes a backseat to their outlandish behavior, which frequently trends on Twitter and makes headlines in gossip magazines.
Pink Martini is one group that maintains the importance of quality music among the current ridiculousness in the music industry.
Pianist Thomas Lauderdale created Pink Martini in 1994, which features a "small orchestra," as Lauderdale describes it, of talented musicians. The music they produce hardly fits in one genre, but most identifies with classic pop, Latin, jazz and world music.
Released Sept. 24, "Get Happy" is the musical group's latest album, and from start to finish provides listeners with extraordinary music that is expertly crafted and beautifully composed.
World music is given a new name with Pink Martini's interpretation of the genre. Having a long discography of studio albums, "Get Happy" gives listeners only a taste of their international flavor included on their tracks. Lyrics are sung in Romanian, French, Turkish, Spanish and Farsi.
Although many listeners will not understand the lyrics, the songs can still be appreciated for their charming tunes. "Ich dich liebe" is the first track on the album and is sung in German and English, acting as a perfect introduction for the rest of the 15 songs.
Pink Martini has a tendency to cover classic, traditional songs. Such is the story with the song "Quizas, quizas, quizas." The song, whose title translated from Spanish is "Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps," was originally written by Osvaldo Farres and became a hit in 1947.
Sixty-six years later, Pink Martini covers the song and does it well; the song maintains the original's tune but incorporates more instruments and seamlessly translates it for a female vocal. This track is definitely a stand-out on the album.
"Get Happy" is on Lauderdale's own label, Heinz. When most artists take advantage of and abuse their own freedom with production, Pink Martini does not.
With clean lines and a clear, crisp sound, in a good environment the vocals on "Get Happy" will take the listener straight to the studio where the artists recorded the original track. In addition, instruments are not lost, but complement the vocals in all the right places.
Instrumental song "Heliotrope Bouquet" is one of the most beautiful on the album, not because it is sans a human voice, but because the electric violin acts as a vocal without forcing it. It seems like this song was taken straight from a film in the '20s and originally composed by Scott Joplin.
This song is made modern paired with the rest of the songs on this album.
The album ends with a rendition of Charlie Chaplin's "Smile." The singer's voice on this track is uneven and somewhat out of tune, but adds so much character to the song that it's impossible to label it as a imperfection on an otherwise flawless collection of songs.
Additionally, this song suits the overall theme of the album, happiness, where Chaplin encouraged listeners to "smile / even if your heart is breaking."
In a world where so-called musicians detach themselves from society and commit some of the most shameful acts in the name of "art," – looking at you, Miley – it's difficult to find music that goes beyond the dramatics.
Pink Martini does just that.