Thursday, April 16, 2009

Just Push Play

You know what really gets my goat? As Homer would say. People who say they listen to all types of music, or similar statements. That's either a lie, or abject naiivity. Or straight up stupidity, of course. Something which increasingly can never be ruled out of any situation.

What these people are apparently trying to say is they're just as happy listening to Immortal as they are Barry Manilow. Possible, I'm sure, but unlikely. Equally Miley Cyrus, The Smiths, Dragonforce, LTJ Bukem, Style Council, Robert Johnson, James Blunt, Destruction, Abba and Busta Rhymes are equally enjoyed.

House music alongside instrumental drone metal, traditional Irish folk, rockabilly country and rap. It just doesn't add up, and is more than likely down to complete ignorance of what music actually exists beyond the confines of MTV and Radio 1.

You can be as open-minded (or claim to be) about music as you like, but there is simply no way you listen to all kinds, because music is a much wider spectrum than most people realise, with so many wildly different styles and sounds, they can't all appeal to one person.

That's without considering the artistic value, or lack thereof, and the respect for an artist, song or style you derive from that, assuming it even registers as a consideration.

I'm sure the people who say things like that either believe it because they don't know any better, or are just trying to appear broad-minded. Unfortunately, for them at least, it has the opposite effect and highlights a lack of knowledge and understanding.

At least the radio will helpfully tell us what to enjoy next, so we don't have to put much thought into it.