Scrobbling for Our Lives: Can We Change the Way We Think? [Feature]
“The inherent problem with discovering new music is all new music sucks after youth.”-
According to the works of Harvard writer Endymion Wilkinson, music can be traced back to the ancient Chinese who once used the single sounds and tones of both the voice and percussive (to a degree) instruments to amalgamate the roots of what we as humans call music. The Hebrew people used poetic forms played in conjunction with the harp or similar as songs of worship, as did the Greeks and Romans. Music, for those Greek aficionados, is derived from the Muses- goddesses of literature, music (art), and science. Therefore, muse would logically derive music- roughly translating to “of the Muses”.
Humans have long been fascinated by the ability to create; music is one of the many outlets thereof. The human mind, however, is an anomaly which is finite in every aspect. Every child and teenager, generations over, has wondered why his or her parents are incapable of sharing a musical taste for those artists that are nascent or directly derivative of their offsprings’ generation. But something is amiss in this cycle. Younger generations are gaining momentum and are becoming decreasingly civil in their manners- a natural deterrent for any man or woman above the “accepted age” for such trends of youth. However obvious this seems, there is far more to such generalizations.
The brain, in all of its glory, is a strange, strange organ and is at the heart of all understanding and perception to music (apart from the ears, themselves). If it seems complex- it is. Humans are stubborn creatures because of our brain and music and the perception of such does not escape this daunting fact. Music is enjoyed from infancy forward and all is well. Right? The passion and infatuation of music is programmed into our brains. But being stubborn humans, we develop our musical tastes in a rather primitive, rudimentary style.
Humans fail to comprehend that our brains are merely subject to the environment by which they are surrounded by. This is why accents develop, why certain writing styles are preferred, and why (in this case) certain music, and the various genres of it, is enjoyed. The mind is complex, yet starkly limited. This is a development that we as humans must accommodate into our everyday lives. Admit it- the older you get the less we feel obligated to expand upon your music tastes. You develop an intransigence that craves for the music you physically developed and grew up with. That is the problem. For electronic dance music fans under the age of thirty it’s difficult to comprehend why parents are intransigent and degrading upon their child’s choice in music.
“Pandora got close with automated recommendations and Spotify tried over saturation with access to any and everything, but the spark still isn’t there.”
Being an open-minded individual is the first step towards musical toleration. With technology that can expand upon rapidly fading horizons of musical toleration sitting in a pocket or on a desk, music can be heard, enjoyed, and shared more-so than any other time. Tyler Hayes stated, “Pandora got close with automated recommendations and Spotify tried over saturation with access to any and everything, but the spark still isn’t there.” This statement could not be more true. With the unlimited access to new content, the intransigent, stagnant mind sways listeners from something new. While it may be difficult, people must expand upon their musical tastes. They must try something new- something unheard of. They must try the unknown in hopes of musical bliss. The difficult part is, however, having the urge to try something new. The fear of something unknown is daunting and is an obstacle to overcome. Yet, armed with this knowledge, many won’t try.
A former hot air balloon traveling salesman, Cory has spent his years curating various instruments from various tribes of Cuh-Nay-Dee-Uhns. Now, Cory spends his time writing for Club Marco…..and hunting the rare Skrillicus Hipsticius. Rejoice, for koala now are controlling mankind.