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Monday, April 04, 2005

The 10 Commandments of Music Appreciation

I think most people prolly follow most of these allright enough, but sometimes there are people that get their nose bent outta joint. Y'all need to read and just Chill, your music is cool.....but really it's not the be all and end all of popular music. That honour goes to the Beatles.

So without further adeau I present.

The 10 Commandments of Music Appreciation

1. Thou shalt not hate on music simply because it's popular. Yes good music does occasionally blow up, and deserves appreciation even though it's selling by the million.

2. Thou shalt not hate on a certain group without valid reason. The "they sold out" line does not cut it here. If you don't like a group, then a simple "I'm not feeling them" is fine when asked you opinion on said group.

3. Contrary to your belief, not everyone likes the same music as you. They are not nessesarily musically inferior, they just happen to like different music. Respect other people's opinions, and don't try to start flame wars.

4. Music is to girls what porn is to guys. You guys wanna know why your girlfriend has a crush on Justin Timberlake, then try to explain to her why that naked poster of Carmen Electra is hanging up on the wall of your room. Not really music appreciation, but does explain the existance of Nelly.

5. Talent should not be a determining factor in deciding what you like and not like. For instance a band A has an amazing drummer, guitarist, bassist, singer but they can't write a decent song to save their lives. Band B writes good songs, but maybe do not have they greatest musicianship (not bad, just not up to band A's standards). Go with band B, appreciate music on a whole.

6. When you engage in a serious music discussion.....Please know what your talking about, and if you don't either respectfully admit you know nothing or don't bother participating. For Instance, when talking about the Beatles, try to know more songs than simply "Yellow Submarine".

7. Everyone should have an at least idea about the history of popular music. No guys......but 2pac didn't invent rap music, nor was he even close. It's amazing how ignorant some people can be when it comes to music.

8. Old music doesn't suck compared to new music, nor does unpopular music suck to popular music or vice versa, and everything else. Learn to judge each musical artist by their own merits. Nothing says ignorance more than saying Stevie Wonder sucks compares to Usher because he's old and no longer popular. Having said that, give older music the reverance it deserves because chances are if people are still listening to it, it's prolly good while people prolly don't care where the F--- Eamon went.

9. Music critics follow the same rules as everyone else. Just because they like a certain artist doesn't mean you will. Nor does it mean that a bad review = a bad album. The classic case of this was Led Zeppelin. Rolling Stone hated their albums when they first came out, now Zep is one of the great classic rock groups of all time and those albums certified Classics. Read a wide variety of reviews and if you have the opportunity to, preview the album to decide for yourself.

10. Thou shalt not hate on a group for petty reasons. Reason's can include song titles, album artwork, you've never heard of them, they don't fit with your perspective on life, and others. Like bands need to do anything you want them to do. There is a big difference between being a fan, and then being a selfish prick. Understand that bands do change, you can choose to like or not like.


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