14 jan 2007, 05:27
I was reading a post a while ago which was a poll about which kind of thrash metal people liked. I have no memory of what types were included but I thought the whole thing was kind of silly. I mean what's the point in limiting yourself to the extent where you only like a certain guitar effect or chord structure.
I always think its kind of strange when a person is telling what kind of music they like and they'll say "I like all music" then they'll say well "except for..." country, rap, metal, or some other arbitrary genre. Can you really write off a whole genre like that?
Thats what I think the problem with labels are. You create a label that limits the potential for you to hear music that you might really like. As an example, if someone says they hate country music they're not going to ever try listening to something that someone else has labeled country. Maybe what they really mean is that they don't like music that sounds like Shania Twain
or Garth Brooks
. But if they didn't limit themselves to a certain range of labels they might find that they really like Dolly Parton
or Johnny Cash
. These examples aren't meant to define what is and what isn't good country music I simply want to contrast in order that you might be encouraged to step out of your safety zone of labels.
I guess it goes back to the commercialization of music. The record companies want to focus their marketing as tightly as possible so they cultivate a certain type of artist so that they don't have to work as hard or invest as much to make CD sales.
And it is very natural for human beings to label something so it makes decision making easier. If we didn't label something we might actually have to think about what we listen to.
So you see labels like emotions are stupid and should be hated.