You know that feeling you get when you absolutely cannot find the right thing to listen to and just before you decide to read or do something else, you find a new song? Maybe you discover you actually like a genre you once before didn’t particularly like? Well let me say that that moment, as taxing as it can be on my nerves really feels good to work through. Patience. John Cage said,
“If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight. Then sixteen. Then thirty-two. Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all.”
This has always spoken to me on more levels than in just music.
Don’t get me wrong, there are some things from which one will never find anything of substance, but those are things that typically have such an already established perception you can’t ever seem to find anything about it you like. (especially if there are moral differences.) But I am not talking about those ordeals. I tend to be quick to make assumptions about music I choose to listen to on a personal basis, just from being aware of the generation of folks who like the music. Let’s take my recently found appreciation for the genre of “dubstep”.
Initially, I did not give the genre a chance, as it was my assumption that the genre itself was simply built upon remixes of “cookie-cutter” pop songs of which I typically do not listen. I appreciate and enjoy music that is made organically and not electronically. I use the word organically loosely as I certainly appreciate distorted guitars and the occasional keytar solo. Until recently, I had only listened to just the beginning of a few dubstep songs and it only confirmed my assumption that dubstep was recycled billboard pop songs. However, with my recent subscription to Spotify, my library of music has grown…significantly…infinitesimally, rather. A friend of mine had an electronic playlist, including some electronic artists that I am familiar with and own albums by. On this playlist, there were dubstep tracks that I did not realize I was listening to until it was too late…I was already sucked into the genre I before avoided. There are correlations between this genre and other genres that I appreciate. Granted, many dubstep artists have created music containing lyrics that I do not care for, so I am still picky in that regard, however, a great majority of the songs I have found, are quite enjoyable. It is very reminiscent of some great 80’s music with a slight heavy metal twist, in regards to “the beat dropping” rather heavily. (for a lack of a better way of putting it)
So my challenge to you, is to try a new genre. It is never an issue for me to learn music outside of the genres I prefer when it is a client who requested the music. I absolutely put my personal preference aside to learn music that can help my client benefit to the fullest, so this challenge is for your own personal music listening experiences. Can you think of a genre that you avoid for whatever reason? Maybe you find it boring or maybe you just never gave it a shot before. I was reminded of the Cage quote through giving dubstep a try. What will his quote inspire you to try?