|i'm no electric monk or jdbartlett, but...
||[Jun. 15th, 2005|02:29 pm]
i think that i should just stop reading reviews for records or live shows. i tell myself i seek them out just to see what people think of the album or show in general, but really i think that i do it so i can read a review that parallel to what i think.
invariably, then, i always manage to find a review which makes me really angry because the writer seems to have missed the point of the music entirely, or simply because he or she is a complete idiot. but then i think about all the times i've bashed other music in the same way (although never in an actual review) and i realize a lot of times i'm no better.
i remember seeing someone comment on livejournal that he got upset when he saw his own negative qualities displayed in others, and that when he was around sincere people, he felt cynical, and when he was around cynical people, he felt sincere. i totally agree with that statement. if the writer of that comment is reading this, please forgive me if i misquoted or misapplied your words.
i bring this up because when i see people being so snotty about music (especially elitists.. the ones who complain about the "kiddies" being at their shows because they don't understand the music in the right way, or they're not worthy, etc.), i find myself getting indignant. i feel like saying "get over it, it's just music." i still feel that way a lot of times, but i feel dumb when i realize that i'm sure i come across that way (snotty and elitist) to a lot of people as well, though i certainly hope not as disrespectfully.
i don't really have a big point or revelation to bring out on this subject, i just think it's interesting. i'm sure i've written about this plenty of times. i was talking to a friend of mine from owatonna yesterday about music in general, and what an amazing concept it is. we came to the obvious conclusion that it is a gift from jehovah. he could easily have created us without the ability to speak in different tones, or to hear only one tone, and we could've communicated just fine. instead we have been given ears that can differentiate different tones, and minds that can create those tones using various instruments.
this brings about a lot of other questions too, though. such as, what makes certain music beautiful? or what makes songs played in a minor key sound evil or sad? what dictates a person's musical taste? this last question can be answered by the "nurture" concept, but i think only to a certain extent. david, the friend with whom i was discussing this, is an absolutely amazing piano player, and has always love classical music and opera. on the other hand, while always appreciating classical music, i have leaned towards (to use very, very broad genres) rock and folk music and the like. what causes his brain to appreciate epic orchestras and symphonies, while mine finds noisy, intricate guitars or odd time signatures to be sweet? i know a lot of people would say that's what we have been exposed to, but haven't we also been exposed to a lot of other things that we ended up not liking?
oh man. thank you for the human brain.