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5 Reasons Why Every Genre Should Be Respected

  1. Think about what music actually is.

Music for me (you can of course have your own opinion) is the expression of emotion and feeling through the use of instruments. Depending on the choice of instruments and style of organization and creativity, music can be divided into a wide array of genres. Like flavors of various foods, not every genre is universally liked. When you really think about it, it makes sense because not everyone in the world has the same exact emotions at the same exact point in time. Even so, each person can feel a different perceived amount of emotions such as happiness or sadness. That's the beauty of what it means to be human and the beauty of variety.

  1. There’s more than meets the eye (and ear).

Everything in a persons’ past leads to who, where, and what they are today. This is no different for a musician. One’s past includes life experiences from adolescence to present, heritage, culture, etc. All of these mixed together end up making the characteristics and the individuality of a person. Since there is a reason behind every human action, there is a reason why an artist chooses to create a song in the form that they do. On top of that, musicians spend hours upon hours writing, recording, and performing. All in all, songs have so much more depth than most people ponder on the day to day.




  1. Exclusivity divides.

In the social media age it has become way too easy to make judgments off of something such as an article headline and take a jab in the comments at an artist. A step outside of that, it is so common to hear a person consider something as "bad" or "not art" like they are the connoisseur of all music and that their opinion is fact. I'm not saying you're not allowed to have a viewpoint; I'm saying maybe respect an artist, a song, whatever even if it isn't your cup o' tea. Going to college for music industry, I saw musicians and music fans constantly clash on their tastes and even divide themselves into little clicks like it was high school all over again. How petty is it to not become someone's friend solely based on what bands they enjoy listening to? Now this is an extreme example of the point I am trying to make but it's a good observation of the extent of what the lack of acceptance and respect can do.

  1. Everyone doesn’t feel the same.

Someone might enjoy rap because it makes them feel confident and cool. Someone might enjoy metal because it helps them release bottled up negative emotions. Someone might enjoy country because it makes them happy and puts them in a good mood. It's all personal and different for each individual; it's subjective. Maybe I'm a hippie but I say to each their own. I don't understand the point focusing your energy and time on something you don't like as opposed to expending that time and energy on something you actually do. It truly is counterproductive, gets you nowhere, and even definitely puts you in an even deeper negative and toxic mindset from that point in time forward.




  1. You might like music you never thought you would one day.

Personally, I think it is so much fun to listen to multiple genres and not limit oneself to any boundaries based off of what someone else may not like. Keeping an open mind to what's new and different keeps the mind inspired. After all, each musician and fan are expressing themselves in different ways but are still filling their role in this creative interaction we call listening to music. I grew up listening to rock bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, Korn, etc and hated anything on the radio because I thought it was talentless. Now, I did a complete 180 and now love any kind of rhythmic music such as R&B, rap, hip hop because I gave it a chance and devoted time to understanding what it's all about. The only genre I can't seem to get into too much now is country but I am 100% willing to respect it and try to understand why a fan of country might like the artists that they do. At the same time, I'm not going on social media and trying to devalue the art that I may not understand yet. We are all one in the sense that we are all fans of the art we call "music."

Would you like to live in a world where everyone was the exact same? Probably not.





Written by Tyler O

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