The Music of Our Fathers

Humans want new experiences. Always. This doesn’t mean that once a person does something once they are forever done with it, that’s clearly not the case. It means that in whatever they want to do humans want variety, even if it is the same action as they have already done. A Call of Duty match playing out the same way every time is tedious, sex in the same position for the same length is boring, a book where you gain no new insights with extra readings is banal. We’re all on the same page there, people want to experience new things. Every single day.

So why is it that this never seems to apply to the world of music?

That’s a hideous over exaggeration, I know, but the perception of music in the public culture works so hard to keep humans from experiencing the massive world of nuanced and beautiful music that exists outside the mainstream. And when I say mainstream I don’t just mean the top 10 charts, I mean the music that exists in “good” genres. We speak of rock, country, pop, hip-hop, all of those genres are accepted as “good” genres. But what about the folk music? Popular, but commonly seen as having less value. What about classical? Or opera? Those only get consideration when they’re used in a geeky way. Regardless of the value of these genres, they are seen as being too old to contribute to modern society.

Bullshit. Do yourself a favor, go listen to classical music. Start with Chopin. Relax, get a cup of coffee, get in a comfy chair, and just let the music play. Don’t try and think about it, just let it *be*. I promise, you will find as much nuance in his music as any other person has ever put into their music. And, hopefully, you will find some value in his music as well.

Don’t judge the medium by its age. That’s patently absurd. I find more value in works made hundreds of years before I existed than I do in large swaths of music today. Remember: most everything made is crap, the stuff that survives the ages must have *something* of value to it.


About kylock

Man, biographies are really hard to write because sometimes you just don't know what to write about and then you ramble on pointlessly for a while about your hobbies (video games, reading, programming) and end up boring your readers because they expect something witty and insightful (there are only two ways to save money, neither of which involves hookers) and then readership falls off and you cry yourself to sleep.
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