Music is a universal language. We listen, we perform and we relate.
We find comfort in lyrics and the fact that there always seems to be something hidden within them that relates perfectly to our lives. We feel the energy in a beat and allow it the power to alter our moods.
We adore music. Some of us are not any good at playing and performing it (like myself), granted, but we enjoy just listening. Others are blessed with the talent to create; to play an instrument; to sing.
But what happens when people begin to ruin the enjoyment of music. What happens when people judge your in music? What happens when people belittle you for liking a certain style?
When it comes to music, I like what I like.
I love rock. I love punk. I love music that no one I know has heard of. I think that You Me At Six are amazing, that Nirvana are legendary and that blink-182 are just so damn cool.
On the other hand, I love country and folk music. I think that Taylor Swift is a superb songwriter, and I genuinely enjoy the sound of her voice, too. I love the sound of Garth Brooks music. Tim McGraw is one of my favourites. I love melodic, indie music and I love the blues. I think that Jake Bugg, Ed Sheeran and Young the Giant are great artists – three artists of whom I love to listen to.
So, yes, my music taste is pretty diverse. That being said, there is music that I don’t particularly like. One Direction, Pitbull and Miley Cyrus among them.
Whilst I don’t particularly enjoy the music of these artists, I don’t understand people who claim they are talent-less. I don’t listen to their music because I don’t find utmost enjoyment in it, not because they are not any good. Just because something is not of one’s taste, does not deem them “rubbish”. Those who suggest that their music taste is better than anyone else’s need to take a step back and a look at their morals.
Disliking something is inevitable and it is to be respected that people have different tastes, it’s just the nature of things. There’s nothing wrong with disliking something, particularly not music. The problem, however, begins when this dislike turns into putting others down because of these dislikes and likes.
We all have things we like and things we dislike, just as we all have our “guilty” pleasures. Because, perhaps you are a teenager who adores classical music, and that’s okay. There’s nothing wrong with that. Perhaps you’re a grown man who digs a little One Direction – who has the right to say that that is “wrong”?
No matter what your personal preferences are, there will always be people who oppose you. Your opinion is valid and there is nothing wrong with you liking what you like, and disliking what you don’t like, but your opinion is not the only valid one. It is important to enjoy your taste in music and let others enjoy theirs, or else you cannot expect to be respected and left to enjoy the music you enjoy by other people.
Music is a very personal thing and it should not be allowed for one to belittle someone because of something they enjoy, or don’t. Music is their to enjoy and entertain, not to cause division and controversy. Do not insist that your choice of music is better.
It is important to respect others and even keep an open mind – that way, you might discover something new, and everyone’s happy.
What type of music do you listen to? Let me know in a comment (and please consider ‘liking’, rating or sharing this post, thank you).