In this small article I would like to share my thoughts on music, namely, to make a small analysis of how it can and should be treated, what role music can and should play in our life.
There are two main points of view: the opinion of the composer (producer) about his music and the opinion of the listener. Let’s start with the second – with the opinion of the consumer. Below, I will try to highlight a few characteristic judgments that I have heard from my friends and, if possible, give a brief description of these people.
1. “Music is a useless set of sounds that much attention is paid to is not justified.”
Frankly, I am not familiar with people who think that way, but the phrase itself is the result of the extreme transition from a cool attitude to music towards complete indifference. I only doubt that indifference can be complete. The music did not appear yesterday, or a hundred years ago, and it did not appear by chance. Music is an integral part of human life, culture, is part of the people themselves. Most often, such indifference is explained in the following way: a primitive and often low-quality compound feed is imposed on us by the “formatted” channels (i.e., almost all) radio and TV under the guise of music. And it is not surprising that someone wants to stay away from it. On the other hand, in order to (independently) find something interesting in music (not from the list offered by “culturally correct” media), you need to have a certain musical outlook, you need, first of all, to have access to other music – and this requires considerable effort and of time. But a person may not have the time and necessary capabilities, and as a result, voluntarily or involuntarily, he denies himself acquaintance with a significant part of human culture and limits his possibilities of spiritual perception.
2. “What is playing, then listening”
I regret to say that this approach is very popular. A man does not refuse music, but he does not even bother to separate the wheat from the chaff: in the morning he can listen to chanson, in the afternoon – the factory, in the evening – in the metal. Sometimes jazz, classics, electronics can be caught by the hand, and in the most miraculous way, it cannot have any impact. The music collection of this music lover consists entirely of collections such as “All Hits – Vol. 214”, mp3-files are dumped in one pile or sorted by another arbitrary feature (for example, by date). Since there are no particular preferences, there is no shortage of music in the end, because you can listen to anything you want .. Only then it is not clear: why do you need to listen at all? (1) Such people can be described as follows: easily inspired, morally unstable (2) . To a large extent, this is typical of children and people of transition age, but unfortunately not only for them. Once, one of my friends, who did not bother with the choice of music (and also much more than non-bothering), was offered to listen to a couple of psy trance compilations, – after some time he complained that his eyes “bulge” and, in his own words, he ” falls into a trance. ” A curious case, of course, but the question arises: what would be the result if this music were presented to him as “relaxing” (3)? Anyway, I find it extremely harmful to passively listen to everything indiscriminately, without making the minimum effort to filter out the crap that regularly reaches our ears. Do you think chanson to the fullest in minibuses is a minor inconvenience? This is psychological terrorism. Or maybe you think that “Dom-2” is just a telecast?
3. “Music as a symbol” and “Music as a reason”
Many people use music as a common denominator in order to find a common language, a reason for communication. This is especially characteristic of young people from 14 to … years old: you and I love the same group, we wear the same shoes – let’s go drink beer together. Some musical directions (for example, rap / hip-hop or punk) have long formed stable communities or, to say in a scientific way, subcultures. It is believed that a person, identifying himself as one of these subcultures, expresses his disagreement, opposes himself to someone, carrying an ideological messadh with his disagreement. The problem is that he does not always understand exactly what is to be protested against, and these passions themselves are temporary, superficial and are explained by a banal fashion. Despite the fact that all sorts of “alternative” trends present themselves precisely as an alternative to [mass culture], they themselves are part of it, obey the same laws, and have the same “sexual characteristics”: an addiction to attributes on the one hand and an unhealthy interest in personal the lives of their idols on the other. In other words, both punk and gopnik drink the same beer. Music also fade into the background, obscured by fetishism, intensively fueled by industry. Musical idols can arbitrarily change, turning into a reason to clarify the relationship or sample wardrobe. Speech about music is usually not here, and all discussions are usually exhausted.