Why You Should Care About Your Taste In Music

Express Yourself

Don’t be like the 99% and listen to only those hit songs that eventually get really annoying to the point where you want to rip out the radio from your buddy’s car.  It’s almost like clothes or movies or anything; have an opinion.  It’s much more interesting for a person to actually have an opinion about something rather than just being apathetic.  Musical taste is just another way for one to express themselves.

Discovering unknown bands or songs feels really good

That special moment when you’re like 20 videos deep on YouTube and all of a sudden stumble across a gem of a song is such a great moment.  It’s hard for me to not sound like an a-hole ~*hipster*~ with this, but it just really feels good to discover something cool that you can share with your friends.

There Is So Much Better Music Out There

Popular music is really bad.  It’s the sad truth.  We allow people like this to achieve stardom and don’t hold them accountable for their god awful music (that song’s title has a f***ing hashtag in it for god’s sake).  I’m not sure if this is due to rising social media influences or our generation is just that dumb.  I highly doubt that someone hears these hit songs and go on to download that artist’s discography and keep tabs on them claiming they’re fans.  So why can’t we begin to appreciate good music more?  In his article for the New York Times, Saul Austerlitz says that even music critics are failing to derail pop music, which he terms “poptimism.”  According to Austerlitz, “Poptimism now not only demands devotion to pop idols; it has instigated an increasingly shrill shouting match with those who might not be equally enamored of pop music.”

It doesn’t help that we listeners keep encouraging this crumby pop music rather than holding these artists accountable.  Hopefully people can start to branch beyond just what the radio is playing.  Again, it’s hard to write this without sounding like a condescending prick, but I guess someone has to eventually address this.  What do you guys think?  Am I just being arrogant and condescending or is this what we are all thinking?