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2006-03-31 ó

Music lover?

Are you afraid of music?

Iíve been thinking a lot about music lately, which will come as no surprise to those of you who know me. Actually, I think what started this entire cacophonous cognitive cascade (nice alliteration, eh?) was a post by one of my favorite bloggers, golfwidow. She wrote an entry called ďWhat Would Be on Your Embarrassing Mix Tape?Ē (near the bottom) and Iíve been vowing to do something like it ever since.

What struck me in particular is how some people will hide the fact that they used to like (and secretly still do) bands like The Carpenters, Barry Manilow, Abba, Quiet Riot, Ambrosia, or whoever. Itís as if admitting that they like this music as a child and used to shamelessly sing along would have some feminizing effect on men and some social retardation effect on women. Itís not cool music, therefore youíre not cool.

My daughter is DISGUSTED with the fact that she used to like Brittany Spears and NíSYNC. Why? Well, most likely because her friends are past that stage now and listening to the gloomy open-your-veins music thatís so popular in the neo-gothic high school crowd. Why neo? Because we did it first, baby, in the 80ís. Mostly after the dayglow-and-legwarmers phase, though some were slowly mutating it from the 70ís punk scene where it originated.

So whatís the big deal? Why is it that even adults are like this? Are we such a shallow people that weíll look down our nose on someone for their taste in music?

Answer:

Yes.

This is yet another way that humans are just stupid animals. That is, we all still have the herd mentality, and musical genres have been the source of friendships, romantic involvements, parties, etc. If you like what I like, weíll get along just fine.

Donít believe me? My ex and I, who used to work together, started dating because we were both ELP, Yes, and Black Sabbath freaks. Iím serious, thatís how the relationship started. She was living with me within a few weeks and we bought a house together 4 or 5 months later. She was also a Beatles fanatic. I donít really give a shit about the Beatles, so we broke up. I made up that last part, thatís not why we broke up. I donít think.

I have about 1600 CDs in my collection, and I really do like it all. Some of it I really love and canít get enough of, some of it I have to be in the mood for. Iíll pull out a CD that I havenít listened to in 3 years and rediscover it. Iíll think to myself: ďWow. I forgot how great this cd/band/song is!Ē

My taste in music runs from ABBA to Frank Zappa, and everywhere in between. Regardless of the genre, what I look for in music is something that makes me feel. Music affects me personally, and if it makes me tap my feet or hands (not hard, since Iím a drummer), holds my attention because of really talented musicians, has that one note or bridge that takes me to another place, or even has a catchy sing-along chorus that hooks me, thereís a good chance that Iíll like it.

No, I donít have any Britany Spears recordings.

I may have a different take on music than some, since I play several instruments and write poetry/lyrics, but it also maybe that I just love music so much that I donít see it as black and white as some. There is very much an absolute when it comes to music. Youíll hear people say that they donít like Country, donít like Hip Hop, donít like Hard Rock, etc. Itís these absolutes that make it the black and white that I was referring to either.

Now donít get me wrong, Iím no all-loving music Buddha. In fact, there are plenty of genres that Iíve never been able to get into. In case you didnít hate me enough already, here is my list of shitty music:

1. Reggae. Reggae sucks hind tit so hard that it turned the poor beast inside out. It all has the same beat, itís so repetitive itís so repetitive itís so repetitive itís so repetitive itís so repetitive itís so repetitive itís so repetitive itís so repetitive itís so repetitive itís so repetitive itís so repetitive itís so repetitive itís so repetitive itís so repetitive itís so repetitive itís so repetitive itís so repetitive itís so repetitive itís so repetitive itís so repetitive that I feel like my ears are having a seizure, and thereís no redeeming quality to the lyrics. Many, many Bob Marleyfarians have tried to tell me that heís the very best songwriter, blah, blah, blah. I donít see it.

The stoners:
ďYeah, but that songís about African-Americans who fought in the civil war, man!Ē *holding breath, coughing*

Me: ďOk, let me get this straight Ďbuffalo soldier, dreadlock rastaí is a tribute/biting commentary to/about the ex-slave soldiers?Ē

As far as the repetitive nature, Iíll pick 3 songs from his Exodus album:

The Heathen:

De heathen back dey 'pon de wall!
De heathen back, yeah, 'pon de wall!
De heathen back dey 'pon de wall!
De heathen back, yeah, 'pon de wall!

Rise up fallen fighters;
Rise and take your stance again.
'Tis he who fight and run away
Live to fight another day.
With de heathen back dey 'pon de wall!
De heathen back, yeah, 'pon de wall!
De heathen back dey 'pon de wall!
De heathen back, yeah, 'pon de wall!

As a man sow, shall he reap
And I know that talk is cheap.
But the hotter the battle
A the sweeter Jah victory.
With de heathen back dey 'pon de wall!
De heathen back, yeah, 'pon de wall!
De heathen back dey 'pon de wall!
De heathen back, yeah, 'pon de wall!
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/Guitar solo/
De heathen back dey 'pon de wall!
De heathen back, yeah, 'pon de wall!
De heathen back dey 'pon de wall!
De heathen back, yeah, 'pon de wall!
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Rise up, fallen fighters:
Rise and take your stance again.
'Tis he who fight and run away
Live to fight another day.
De heathen back dey 'pon de wall!
De heathen back, yeah, 'pon de wall!
De heathen back dey 'pon de wall!
De heathen back, yeah, 'pon de wall!
De heathen back dey 'pon de wall!
De heathen back, yeah, 'pon de wall!
De heathen back dey 'pon de wall!
De heathen back, yeah, 'pon de wall!
De heathen back dey 'pon de wall!
De heathen back, yeah, 'pon de wall!
De heathen back dey 'pon de wall!
De heathen back, yeah, 'pon de wall!

The last half of the title track:

Exodus, all right! Movement of Jah people!
Exodus: movement of Jah people!
Movement of Jah people!
Movement of Jah people!
Movement of Jah people!
Movement of Jah people!

Move! Move! Move! Move! Move! Move! Move!

Jah come to break downpression,
Rule equality,
Wipe away transgression,
Set the captives free.

Exodus, all right, all right!
Movement of Jah people! Oh, yeah!
Exodus: movement of Jah people! Oh, now, now, now, now!
Movement of Jah people!
Movement of Jah people!
Movement of Jah people!
Movement of Jah people!
Movement of Jah people!
Movement of Jah people!

Move! Move! Move! Move! Move! Move! Uh-uh-uh-uh!
Move(ment of Jah people)!
Move(ment of Jah people)!
Move(ment of Jah people)!
Move(ment of Jah people)! Movement of Jah people!
Move(ment of Jah people)!
Move(ment of Jah people)!
Movement of Jah people!
Movement of Jah people!
Movement of Jah people!

And the last half of the ever popular, Jamminí

Yeah, we're - we're jammin' (wotcha-wa),
Wotcha-wa-wa-wa, we're jammin' (wotcha-wa),
See, I wanna jam it wid you
We're jammin' (jammin', jammin', jammin')
I'm jammed: I hope you're jammin', too.

Jam's about my pride and truth I cannot hide
To keep you satisfied.
True love that now exist is the love I can't resist,
So jam by my side.

We're Jammin' (jammin', jammin', jammin'), yeah-eah-eah!
I wanna jam it wid you.
We're jammin', we're jammin', we're jammin', we're jammin',
We're jammin', we're jammin', we're jammin', we're jammin';
Hope you like jammin', too.
We're jammin', we're jammin' (jammin'),
We're jammin', we're jammin' (jammin').
I wanna (I wanna jam it wid you) - I wanna -
I wanna jam wid you now.
Jammin', jammin' (hope you like jammin' too).
Eh-eh! I hope you like jammin', I hope you like jammin',
'Cause (I wanna jam it wid you). I wanna ... wid you.
I like - I hope you - I hope you like jammin', too.
I wanna jam it;
I wanna jam it.

Jesus fucking christ, itís like jamminí, jamminí, jamminí a screwdriver in my ear.

2. I donít like most Ďmoderní country. Especially when thereís a guy singing. Itís the deliberate twang that they put into their voice. *shudder*. Again, itís the repetition too.
3. A lot of the heavy music these days is more than I can handle. Why? Is it too heavy for my old and pussified ears? No. I donít like it becauseÖwellÖbecause itís shit, pure and simple. Itís a speed contest for the musicians and a screaming contest for the Ďsingersí. Does it have any redeeming value in lyrical quality? Honestly, I donít really know. I canít make out anything through the RAHHHHHHHRRRRGGHH RRAAHH RRAAHH RRAAHH. Maybe the singers all have some secret desire to be cheerleaders and couldnít make the cut. That would piss me off too, I suppose.
4. Old punk. You know the whole Sid Vicious, Johnny Rotten stuff? I never liked it. Many argue that its lack of production and minimalist arrangement made it good. I donít see it. I like talent. Another reason I hate the White Stripes. Blech.

Well that should get enough hate mail for now, so maybe Iíll revisit this topic later.

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Cher - 2006-03-31 15:32:51
OUCH!!! Straight to the heart. Reggae, while attractive if you are stoned and is probably how its introduced to you, is GREAT if you love to dance. Try Toots and the Maytals. Fun, fun, fun. Come on Tim. You just need the right introduction and not some band wagon, background mood music during a "sesh". There have been some great spin offs of Reggae, ska types. K, I'm done...
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Tim - 2006-03-31 16:41:14
Ya see, Cher, that's not dancing. It's sort of a zombie-like, back and forth shuffle. This 'dance' was actually started by the sway of people at the concert who were all passed out on their feet and holding each other up accidentally.
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Al - 2006-03-31 17:37:36
Once again, I find myself in near complete agreement with most of the blog. Reggae, well, I guess we might have to agree to disagree on that one. I think reggae suffers from the over Marleyisation of its genre. Some artists (eek a mouse, gregory isaacs, burning spear) are not as repititious, and have something to say that isn't always about Jah, and, while they probably high as shit, you generally don't have to be to listen to it. Totally agree with the punk appraisal, if its OK, I will just mind the bollocks. As for Abba, yes I liked them, embarassed? Fuck no. Wham, however, maybe a little. Denise LaSalle's 'don't mess with my toot toots'? Oh mighty ground, swallow my red faced ass right now.
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golfwidow - 2006-04-01 16:57:51
I like reggae more because it makes me feel like I'm on an island drinking something umbrellish than because I think it has great artistic merit.

I can live with some country music, but anything that is deliberately dang-a-dang grates on my last nerve.
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