…it all depends on who you ask:
He’s the generalist. I totally do not share his concerns with being thought to have broad tastes.
I don’t know that I am really concerned with being thought to have broad tastes. What bugs me is the assumption that I have narrow tastes just because I don’t like what passes for mainstream country music these days. While I don’t see myself as having a one-track musical mind, I don’t think my tastes are really that diverse. Lately it all boils down to a couple of things: classic/Texas-red dirt country or traditional heavy metal. Sure, I lurves me some classic rock from the late ’60s on up through the ’70s, and you’ll see me bopping my head along to some Kelly Clarkson, Maroon 5 or Bowling for Soup now and then — but those types of music I mentioned above are my go-to genres now.
The term “specialist” did make me think, though. It strikes me that those who aren’t specialists, those who claim to like many genres of music, don’t have a burning passion for any genre. They like it because it sounds good to them, and that’s all right, I suppose — but the flip side of that is that it’s more background noise to them than it is to someone who might be considered a student of any particular genre or genres. They don’t care so much about the music as an art form, said art form’s defining characteristics or anything like that. Considering that, is having diverse tastes really something to boast about? Should one really care what those people think? I really don’t think so.