Music: Your distaste is illogical

I’m not a music connoisseur. My Rise Against, Linkin Park, and Hail the Villain CDs are proof of that. But why does it seem like hating music today is more common than liking music? I was working as a full-time delivery boy about a year ago, and in all that time on the road I almost succumbed to Top-40 poisoning. I had to spend every weekend comatose in my bed with an I-pod hooked up like an IV drip to my head. My only saving grace was when the constant cacophony of Lady Gaga and Maroon 5 (among others) was interrupted by the occasional fan- requested heavy metal song. Thanks to those months of agony, I found myself with an appreciation for the middle ground of music: Namely, bands like Nickelback, and Creed. Sure, these weren't anything special, but it was nice to hear something that wasn't either ear-tearingly awful or played so often that my musical taste buds lost the flavour. But I realized that these were the bands that the internet loved to hate.

For a moment, I thought it was possible that through all my resisting the sirens, I had neglected to steer my ship clear and had crashed upon the most barren shore. But then I thought, what exactly makes these bands bad? I took to my computer to find the answers. But the internet had no ideas either. Some tried to blame it on the lyrics; others tried to blame it on the member’s attitudes, their looks, or the way they present themselves. Some even made the claim that all their songs sound the same. (You mean the same people playing the same instruments in same genre sound the same? NO SHIT!) But all these opinions and observations are only negative if you choose to see them negatively. While there seems to be a wide agreement that artists like Bieber and Drake aren’t "good," they still hold places at the top of the chart. Scientifically speaking, there’s a reason for that. Either there’s one person out there with millions of computers all running the same crappy songs, or a lot more closet fan boys and fan girls are lying about their musical tastes.

Michael Ziegler

Michael Ziegler is a student at Algonquin College, in his second year of the Professional Writing program. He graduated high school as an Air Cadet and still walks around in polished leather boots from time to time.

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