Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Close-mindedness About Music

One of the things that irritates the living daylights out of me is when people don't like, or even hate other stuff because it's "weird" to them.

"Weird" is in the eye of the beholder.
"Weird" is subjective.
"Weird" means you don't understand it.
"Weird" means you're not used to it.
"Weird" means it's YOUR problem, not theirs.
"Weird" is not law.
"Weird" is not fact.
"Weird" does not equate to bad quality.
"Weird" is not a reason to get ANGRY.

It's mostly on YouTube I witness people hating on things they find "weird" but I do see it real life too. People are afraid of what they cannot understand. And what's their automatic response to it? Discredit it. Mock it. Sneer at anyone who supports it.

If you don't "get" it, you have no right to make calls about it. This applies mostly to music. Because everything thinks they have the best taste in music and think they're justified in putting down other genres or artists.

First of all, that's just mean to hate on another person's hard work and creativity just because it doesn't fit into your small elitist box of "all-things-cool". Second of all, taste in music is not a thing you can be better at! It's like saying those who like blue have better taste in colour than those who like purple (lol crip).

I don't get screamo music. I don't understand it. To me is just noise. But that's not how other people see it. It's some people's escape from their depression. It's some people's melody over their parent's fighting. It's some people tune to stroll down the street to. It's some people dancing tunes.

Folks who fancy themselves "above" hip-hop" diss Nicki Minaj's music because her lyrics aren't intelligently witty like other musicians they like. But who said clever with was what she was going for? Why are you using a ruler to measure the mass of something? It doesn't fit, it doesn't work.

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” - Einstein the skux
That principle applies here does it not?

So what if a song has no meaningful lyrics but makes you wanna shake what your momma gave you? Is that such a bad thing? Is it not better that people find joy in cookie-cutter music to dance to to shut out the world rather than inhaling cocaine as escapism.

Is it not better than people unite as Beliebers and feel a part of a worldwide community of people who understand your obsession than to feel like you have no one to connect to?

Music does not belong exclusively to the classy or the educated or the poets. It's for everyone. Every community. Every social-economic class.

I'm not saying people should just stick to what they know and not have an opinion about other stuff (because as you can see here, I feel my opinion hold some worth since I feel the urge to put it on the internet), but people shouldn't be bigots about it. Because the sooner everyone stops believing their life is the only way to live, the sooner we can stop this nonsense of thinking we're so high and mighty and right all the time. Open your mind, wear someones metaphoric shoes and stop hating the world because you don't know it. Go out and explore. Talk to people, read books about people, watch movies about people and get to at least know ABOUT people who are different to you.

We're scared about what we don't understand. And I'm sure we ALL know...
“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” - Yoda ma man!


  1. You are not wrong in some aspects. Music is and always has been an art by which harmonic sounds of instrumental and/or vocal sounds intertwine with poetry and environmental symbolism to create something of a masterpiece to the ear. But music is fluid based on the social situations, so rather than suggesting that it is a therapeutic tool used to keep one from "down-buzz" feelings, it is shaped based on said feelings. We see it throughout the eras of music in our history. 50's - Elvis Rock 'n' Roll (segregated dance), 60's The Beatles and Motown (rebellion), 70's disco(integrated music) and so on. So we look at todays music and find that the mainstream music depicts the social structures and morals and values of the people. The close-mindedness isn't based solely on the music. Look at the core. They base music on the history of music itself. We can suggest maybe that it's not the listeners but in fact music itself is close-minded? Food for thought.

  2. That's deff food for thought. I guess I've never really looked at music (from the past) in respect to it's social context. I've always just thought of it as an independent... thing.
    Pastor Stephen? haha