Music: Keep Your Mind Open

So what's up with divergent tastes? We just have to keep some things in mind, and keep our minds open for anything.

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This article is largely philosophical. So don't read if you're looking for an opinion. I have very few. I just have preferences.

About Divergent Tastes

Music. We listen to it for a reason. There is so much of it out there. I use to only like music with which I could connect emotionally. Songs about love, or about loneliness, deception. Nothing groovy, or funky, or plain high on life. But more and more I listen to music for the music, and for the good feeling that most artists (Rock and Roll!) strive on. That's how I came to open up from only a few bands like Third Eye Blind, Our Lady Peace, Dashboard Confessional, Green Day to songs about breaking everything from Sum 41 or P.O.D, Limp Bizkit, Weezer, Oasis, Deftones just to name a few.

Pop Music

Pop music can be good. The main criticism that it gets is that it's dishonest in its delivery. If we just look at American Idol and see how most finalist don't put their souls into it. This is true. But something to be kept in mind is that people can sing a song just for the beauty of the song, not necessarily for the original feeling itself. Pop tunes are often easy going melodies, even when it's supposed to be sad. For example, Evanescence. Very successful new band. Their songs are very structured, very poppy in that sense, but still there is feeling to be taken from all of it. More importantly, there is good musical creation. That's the main point of this pop paragraph. I personnally cannot take most pop. But nevertheless we must admit that pop plays on the radio because it's catchy, in a good way. And sometimes it can be honest. When I sing a pop song I'll always change it big time to suit my style, but nevertheless what is undeniable is that there is some music in all the fakeness.

Punk, Emo, Ska

Punk, emo, ska music: I don't know much, but I think that lately the trend is exagerated. Too many small bands with only a few power chords are coming out, making songs that all sound somewhat alike, 3 note melodies and very basic transitions, ruling the teen world. I have no idea what punk is, but I guess Good Charlotte, Simple Plan, are in there. It's not bad music, it's just not creative enough to be out there as massive as it is. Just like pop, the danger is that it can on the long run be fake and stagnant for our musical and personal evolution.

Rap

Rap: is rap considered music? Why not? Why did Eminem become number 1? Because he had melodies in his songs. But again, we just have to keep in mind that people like rap for a reason. For guitarists rap might not be much of an inspiration but have you ever tried playing a tune rap style, make your guitar cuss and scream like your voice would. Try it out with that in mind, results may vary.

Conclusion

All sorts of music can nourish the ear. If we think about it, almost every melody there is, whether it be rock rap funk punk or black metal or jazz or country, can be found in an old classical piece. Hmm, says a lot. Creation is infinite, with that in mind, we can more easily accept differences, and embrace them.

Divergent tastes caused by divergent reasons we listen to music.

People listen to this or that for different reasons. Because they imagine themselves as the lead singer of that band and only listen to the song so that they can sing along after this narrows their minds down. Because out of pure curiosity. Good. Because they like what the band is talking about. Whether is be love, life, anger, depression, injustice. Because they like the general mood of the band's songs. Because they like the band members, and their view on life. The point is that whatever the reason you listen to a song, may it be in total receptiveness, for the guitar solo, for the chorus, for the verses, for the cool intro, for the lyrics, the voice, the drums, because your girlfriend likes it, because your friends like it, because you feel too lazy to try out some new music in fear of wasting your time, just keep in mind that reason, so that you don't end up feeling bad about music in general, and thinking the wrong things.

It is we who choose what we perceive in a band. I personally never listened to Oasis because I heard of many arrogant comments that the lead singer made towards other bands, the Beatles I think (they were compared to them). So that's that. Now that I got over my prejudice, I started to listen to their songs and realized that I like them a lot. The emotion isn?t all that deep, but my overall impression of their music soothes. I just tell myself the singer can sometimes be an arrogant bastard but that deep inside he has some good, some sympathy.

Music can be about just the music. Not the band. Opposite is true. Music can be just about the band. Not the music. Eventually, if the music doesn't grow on you, then the band is out, but if it does good! We all think we have our tastes, but the truth is that tastes can be biased. For a ton of reasons aside from the ones mentioned above. It is true that you must give songs a chance by listening to them once. But is once enough? I mean, some bands are successful because they are an awesome blend of influences and therefore people are predisposed to liking their creation. But other bands strive for a more personal, new sound, and so coming to like those kinds of bands is a learning process, a whole new language to be assimilated.

So what the hell was this article about? It's, frankly, mostly about me. And open-mindedness. Any suggestions? I like emotional music, but hey, once all the emotion is out and you just want to jam with other people, why not ride on a good feeling!

If you've read the article to the end you probably don't dislike all the bulls--t I just talked about, so keep those suggestions coming! I have some mind opening to do too. For example, I never gave Marlyn Manson a chance because his face and body just freaks me out.

42 comments sorted by best / new / date

    drivthru182
    Neo_Diablos: WTF!!!!! !!!!! ! What the hell do you mean Simple Plan and Good Charlotte is punk music. I mean come on listen to what punk actually was and it. Like the Ramones, Or Offspring, or NoFx, or even Vandals just to name a few im getting tired of alot of people who think this is punk. I mean come on look at Kung-Fu Records. They are just one of many record companies that are just for punk. And about the whole only 3 note melodies, I'm a guitarist and I do alot of different stuff and punk does not just have 3 note melodies. But you don't hear most punk, because they would rather be underground than be associated with Good Charlotte. I also mean to say at least your trying to understand what punk is, but please don't post anything unless you know for a definite fact that your stuff is right, Please.
    Well, they are right. Ignorance is bliss. The Ramones, and the Offspring are pop punk. And, you are hypocritical. "I also mean to say at least your trying to understand what punk is, but please don't post anything unless you know for a definite fact that your stuff is right, Please" no no, please, you take your own advice. kthxbye
    3rdEyeBlinded
    (I wrote this article) Hey thanks for all the comments. It's good to see I'm not the only one thinking about these things. Neo_Diablos and tooligantom, you guys are right. Keep jammin'.
    theredisreal
    Punk isnt creative??? You obviously don tlisten to alot of punk. Most people dont like punk because artists purposely keep it underground so they wont be accused of "selling out" by some dip shit fans out there. There is creative punk of you look for it.
    JIBTEXHNKA
    punk is creative pop punk is not good article i think, seriously, if i like broccoli and you like asparagus why should we argue about it? same goes for different types of music.
    daoist_8
    3rdEyeBlind, if you're looking for good and new music to check out, listen to the Mars Volta, they're a great band.
    tremontifan
    jazz guitar is the worst misuse of an instrument ever
    wtf, you are an idiot. jazz guitar is some of the most creative and original music out there, jazz music is incredibly personal music.
    Jimmy_Page_Zep
    did you just call good charlotte punk? good article other than that and jazz guitar is one of the hardest types of music to play its amazing
    heynickhowyado
    good point on how music should be about emotion, i think that is the biggest problem with music today, but none of the bands you mension really seem to play with heart. My advice to you is to branch out musically and turn off MTV, they are feeding you Bullshit.
    XNiRvAnAX
    you shoud have mentioned sex ppistols rammones and the clash in punk since they did start the real punk era
    fender rocker16
    ooo wow they covered 3 whole genres!!! where is jazz? where is funk? classic rock? metal? alternative? country? i could go on and on There was also no distinction between old and new rap. I consider rage at least part rap and they own. Tupac was great as well. Then you have this new rap that is just total shit. They aren't doing anything new and they all sound exactly the same. Their lyrics are bad but their instrumentals (if any) are even worse. This bet crap IS NOT music.
    6slip6knot6
    nice article, but if it was only longer and had more moetal in it then i'd like it more.
    pikey_no1
    Hey Backup Guitar, not a lot of people care what britney or christina do to the music. The perfect way to enjoy their music is to watch the video on mute. Nice.
    >>AlbiN<<
    deadkenedy: People are gonna brn u for saying good charlotte is punk, it isnt your fault but people will still do it expect many "good charlotte arnt punk *** nizzle", and to people who are thinking of doing it , DON'T, it serves no real purpose.
    Neo_Diablos is a f***wit
    PychoArtRocker
    Pikey_nol:not alot of people care whast britney or christina do to the music. the perfect way to enjoy their music is to watch the video on mute
    SURFraptor7
    and I also think that new rap sucks:
    fender rocker16: Then you have this new rap that is just total shit. They aren't doing anything new and they all sound exactly the same. Their lyrics are bad but their instrumentals (if any) are even worse. This bet crap IS NOT music.
    Right on man... and there ARE NO instrumentals in rap... its all a synthesized beat just like most pop "music". I don't even know why some pop is called music, because I could bet that if Britney Spears wasnt hot, she would never have even had a chance in the pop music industry!
    nirvanafan11111
    u cnt generalise metal dude its all their its all in the category metal leave it at tht great article man u didnt biase on anythin except u left out alternative and metal
    stormhammer
    Dude, nice article and all, but what abt METAL??? Metal is in my view the one genre with the greatest variety: Power, Heavy, Black, Death, Neo classical, Grind, Gothic, etc.. (NU METAL IS NOT METAL BTW). It sickens me every time people think I'm some sort of Drug-abusing, jerk-off just because I tell them I like metal but I don't blame the people who think so.. I blame the bast**ds on MTV, I blame the radio and I blame the TV ! Intelligent ppl are usually open to variety.. what a foward minded society we live in!!
    CaptainCrash
    at least you're honest enough to admit you got some opening up to do!
    It's a big world out there...
    wasted guitarst
    what about jazz and other types which you left out.Being a guitarist i thought jazz would be on your list.
    deadkenedy
    People are gonna brn u for saying good charlotte is punk, it isnt your fault but people will still do it expect many "good charlotte arnt punk *** nizzle", and to people who are thinking of doing it , DON'T, it serves no real purpose.
    numetaldude
    ^ well, pop punk is still partly punk... i mean why would they call it pop "punk" if it didn't sound like punk, right?
    Damicksta2k
    Brilliant! Really hate people who can't give more that one type of music a chance, at least you're honest enough to admit you got some opening up to do!
    Backup Guitar
    Most pop tunes are written by people, and then sluts like britney and christina steal it and rape it. Or something like that. Honestly, you should avoid writing this stuff because it doesn't do anything, and secondly, submit all future articles through the columns forum first.
    Backup Guitar
    Oh, and uh, when you were talking about 3 note melodies and all powerchord songs, you accurately described good charlotte and simple plan. As a rule, NEVER make a guess at what a punk band "might" be, because you're gonna be wrong.
    Neo_Diablos
    WTF!!!!! ! What the hell do you mean Simple Plan and Good Charlotte is punk music. I mean come on listen to what punk actually was and it. Like the Ramones, Or Offspring, or NoFx, or even Vandals just to name a few im getting tired of alot of people who think this is punk. I mean come on look at Kung-Fu Records. They are just one of many record companies that are just for punk. And about the whole only 3 note melodies, I'm a guitarist and I do alot of different stuff and punk does not just have 3 note melodies. But you don't hear most punk, because they would rather be underground than be associated with Good Charlotte. I also mean to say at least your trying to understand what punk is, but please don't post anything unless you know for a definite fact that your stuff is right, Please.
    deadkenedy
    Neo_Diablos: WTF!!!!! !!!!! ! What the hell do you mean Simple Plan and Good Charlotte is punk music. I mean come on listen to what punk actually was and it.
    What a surprise, yeh mate your heaps hardcore
    V12
    i like how this article was all about different genres, and the comments instantly turned into a a "punk debate" and the only defense people have for it is endless name dropping. face it kids, the punk trend is dying
    Laser
    Great article, though i expected a bunch of idiots to defend their 3-note melodies and whatnot. And I was right for the most part
    Laser
    And he never said there was anything wrong with three note melodies, i myself like bands that do that (Some bands) but it does get a bit boring after a while.
    korn11
    ok i could not finish this article one you are a morron yes you should keep your mind open in music but then again some people just dont like certain types of music. but that is besides the point this article is horrible written and you have no evidence for what you wrote its terrible.
    civildp1
    what about jazz and other types which you left out.Being a guitarist i thought jazz would be on your list.
    jazz guitar is the worst misuse of an instrument ever
    letsgomurphys06
    Alright, no flaming for the good charlotte punk thing, I won't stoop to that level, since this is an article about tolerance, I mean. Few more points... Eminem made it because of his melodies? Please. Eminem made it because he made songs about killing his mom and people thought it was funny and all the little kids thought it was cool. Next, I don't know if anyones already asked this, but where's the Blues??? You gotta admit, bottleneck slide guitar on old BLues stuff, cannot be beaten.
    tooligantom
    ...constructive criticism... the article was open-minded, but your worries for tolerance might have kept you from jumping into the thick of the issuse --you didnt really get your feet wet. it was a good idea to cover the issue, i'll give you that, but (no offense) someone with a knowledge of music that didnt go past trl isnt the one to tackle it. you only sited three genres, three! one pop and two sub-pop. thanks for trying but im afraid you werent quite ready for the task.
    Yahiko357
    Not a bad article. ^_^ I dug the intentions, but it would've been much better if you took some more time and covered more genres. Three stars.