Goat Boy wrote:I am always honest and forthright but depending on the audience I will adjust my ire. It's a funny thing because generally people don't have the same kind of passion about this stuff so you do sometimes find yourself ranting like a madman. From the other side it must look weird but what you gonna do? It means something, you know?
I remember a mate declaring that The Bends by Radiohead had to be one of the greatest albums ever made to which I replied "bollocks!" and just to prove how much bollocks it was I said "I can name 100 better albums". So I did. Like I actually got a pen and paper and started listing albums furiously. I was only 18. I've matured...a bit.
I share this sentiment to an extent. I don't seem capable of having a non-passionate discussion about music. If it's around people who I know well and who I have an idea about their musical tastes, then I can keep it on the lowdown in terms of waiting for other people to talk, sharing ideas and so forth. If a "casual" music fan or someone who doesn't know I'm obsessed with music asks me what I am into, it can all go downhill very fast depending on how receptive they are. It's like being on speed. I can talk shit for as long as you like and I have no off switch.
My guitar classes have been a constant source of magnifying the cultural divide. There are lots of teachers and as it's Texas, there's a fair old Americana /country / american rock focus of the classes. When we have classes, and I mention an artist, or a song, the likelihood is - nobody else in the group has heard that song, or maybe even that artist, ever. Or maybe they will have heard of the artist - so then I will start talking about the artist's songs - and nobody will have heard any of the songs I talk about. And, I'm not (honestly) trying to be overly clever or know it all - I am talking about music because I'm in a music class and music is what I know.
On the occasions where I have played a song I like to the group on my phone they have always, always looked part astonished and part delighted at what they hear. However, every single song that they bring to play - without exception, I am afraid - I either hate, or leave me totally unmoved. And I come home to Baron and say, "I just didn't grow up with this, I feel awful and I can't feign an interest." I will tell him what the song was, and he'll say well God, you shouldn't like that, it's terrible, or run of the mill, or something. So it isn't just me that feels that. The best thing I can ever say to the songs that other people bring is "well - it began and it ended."
Moreover, I don't care. I can't say I love a song that someone else likes if I don't, the same way I won't dance to songs I dislike. I don't have it in me.