Driving home yesterday I was annoyed by a piece being played on the radio. Very repetitive sounds, somewhat alien to my Western ear.
Then I challenged myself, was I being culturally biased. Just because I didn’t grow up on Eastern music, does that make it less good?
Feeling rather uncomfortable, and sitting in boring slow traffic, I started to sort through the tiny mind. Just how much of a bigot am I?
I think I am. I am biased towards rhythm of the complex variety, I like lyrical music, I love stuff which has a ‘heartbeat’ (I still want to make an Ipod selection of all of those as they calm me down.) I like some Eastern music, complex and beautiful, some African music – those unbelievably complex rhythms speak to my soul. I like rock, sometimes heavy metal. Some of the gentler more reflective country music.
I intensely dislike the German Liedere, they sound like undiluted sugar-syrup being forced into my ears, I dislike the head-banging stuff, I hate the boring repetitive wailing stuff. I don’t like the more ‘wailey’ of Eastern music. Then too I don’t like much country music, especially when the person sounds like a failed drunk bewailing their fate as though they had no hand in it. Some African choirs do a ‘wailey’ sound that grates on my ears.
Am I a music bigot?
Maybe but then everyone is allowed their own taste.