Saturday, 27 December 2014

Your Music


I’ve mentioned it before, and will mention it now and in the future more likely than not, I am a sucker for all things holiday related. I don’t know why, perhaps it is because in holiday songs and movies everything always turns out for the best. Songs in particular depict a perfect image of a perfect life. How can you not love that?

Yes, I know there is suffering and unpleasantness in the world and an argument can be made that they can be worse during the holiday season. There was that post on facebook which suggested that people not buy their children lots of expensive toys and clothing because they may have friends whose parents can’t afford the same kind of gifts. No one wants kids to feel bad about themselves, but it is a fact of life that there are always going to be haves and have-nots in the world. Even in communal societies, people aren’t equal no matter how much that is the desire. People aren’t equal! They have equal potential.

Anyways, I want to talk about Christmas music. It was late November when I heard the first complaint about Christmas music in the malls and on the radio. How can you get sick of something that just started? I suspect that the complainers just don’t like Christmas music at all and would be quite content if they never heard another one of those sappy songs again in their life. Of course they don’t bother to mention the music that they find brings peace and contentment into their lives.

These people tend to be music snobs. Some of them can only listen to music if it furthers a cause and somehow will benefit the poor and down trodden in society. Some only like music if it is played at an ear spitting volume. Some only like music if it has a heavy, rhythmic bass beat and promises to kill whitey and off the pigs! Some like music that is heavily orchestrated and isn’t over till the fat lady sings. Some like anything that is played by young boy bands or a cute seventeen year old girl. We all have our musical preferences.

I like easy listening music that was mostly written and performed in the seventies. There are a lot of good songs that have been written in more modern times, and they just may make my play list. To tell you the truth, mostly I like music to be in the background. I don’t necessarily need it to lift me up, just to be there to kill the silence. Nature abhors a vacuum and so it appears do I. I do have favourites that I will stop and listen to, but mostly I just like to have a pleasant sound in the background.

I don’t get upset and rant about someone’s poor taste in music when I am confronted with sounds that I don’t like; I just change the channel on the radio or turn the volume down. When I have friends with different musical taste in my car, I will tune to the channel that plays the music they like. During the holiday season I won’t subject them to my taste in holiday music, that’s not polite. It isn’t polite to tell them that their particular taste in music is juvenile or pretentious. It is I just don’t think it’s polite to tell them.


If you don’t like my music or really any music, turn the volume down, change the channel or just fucking suck it up princess!

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