Eclectic? Maybe, but maybe not…

…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.

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3 Responses to “Eclectic? Maybe, but maybe not…”

  1. Albatross Says:

    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.

    I don’t think anyone should give a flip what anyone else thinks about what they listen to. Most listening is done in private anyway, so who cares? Today, on the way home from work, I listened to a bit of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (second movement) before switching over to Iron Maiden’s “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son”, and no one else seemed to care. So I didn’t either.

    Oh wait, I think those guys at the stop light next to me cared, maybe just a little bit. I think they looked over at me once, right about here.

  2. southtexaspistolero Says:

    “I don’t think anyone should give a flip what anyone else thinks about what they listen to.”

    I actually agree with that; it just strikes me as funny that those people lord their supposedly diverse tastes over everyone when those tastes really aren’t that diverse…

    “I like a lot of music, from Carrie Underwood to Metallica. The black album* totally pwned.”

    “Mm. So what’s your opinion of Iron Maiden? How about Lefty Frizzell?”

    “Um…who?”

    *Nothing against the Black Album, btw. Despite its difference from early Metallica I still really like it. It’s just that the album was the band’s most successful and the one a lot of music fans would probably think of when Metallica is mentioned.

  3. Les Says:

    Once my children reached the toddler stage, and ripped off the fronts of my speakers, I found the era of sitting down with headphones with my eyes closed and just listening to the music was over. After that, it was something I enjoyed en route to somewhere, softball practice, work, waiting for the buses to come in after football games or band competition. I find I like a lot of stuff, but I’m not musically literate enough to know what half of it is. Still enjoy it though. Can’t say it is a claim to fame to enjoy a bunch of different genres, especially when I can’t really discuss any of them intelligently. Learning a lot on this blog though. Best wishes and thanks.

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