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I’m sure we’ve all had the experience of learning of an important, definitive artist or record, then listening to the music and either not liking it, or not understanding what all the fuss is about.
What I’m curious about this week is how you listeners would describe or explain that experience.
Can you name some music that you both know is good but also that you just don’t like? Can you describe how you know it’s good? How can you hear the “good-ness” of the music, even though you don’t like it?
I always think of this when I hear people say they don’t like a certain genre of music, because almost every genre must have some artists that are good, right? Separating my personal taste from evaluations of the quality of music is a great challenge, but it can have great rewards. I’m very curious to hear how you all think of it!

Comments

  1. Rob
    April 21, 2008 at 2:00pm
    I really enjoy vocal jazz, from the 20's through the present, especially standards; but I have never been able to listen to scat for more than about half a song... My 5 year old "scats" when she can't remember the words, or is just jabbering melodically. - Doesn't sound all that different to me...
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  2. Henry
    April 22, 2008 at 6:04am
    I am a huge Pink Floyd fan and absolutely love most of their work, but I just can't stand music from the Sid Barrett years. I know he's supposed to be the pioneer of that type of music and an inspiration to many musicians even today, but the man just sounds insane (he was), drunk or really really high on drugs in just about every one of his songs. I really don't know what all the fuss is about. David Gilmore was a much better lead vocal than Sid ever was anyways. Although I must say I do appreciate him inspiring Shine On, my favorite song.
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  3. Scott Bringe
    April 22, 2008 at 8:11am
    This is for Rob who posted a comment April 21, 2008 at 2:00pm. It might help if you think of the human voice as just another instrument. I personally don't even like songs with lyrics very much, I think they get in the way of the music. Although since you like vocal jazz standards from the 20's I suppose the vocal part is the main melody part of the songs. Maybe if you listened to more instrumental music you would develop an appreciation for scat, you like Popeye don't you?
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  4. andy
    April 22, 2008 at 5:59pm
    I must admit, I have little taste for country music. The only country music I enjoy hearing are the songs that everyone knows and sings to at bars, and I only like it because it makes everyone have fun. I can't even think of one right now that I like though. Not one I would put in my CD player and listen to in my car or at home alone. With friends, drinking at a party, sure there's a few I'd play and maybe even sing too, but not very many. I think the difference between me and country is less about musical style than it is about musical attitude. Rap too usually. Sure the attitude directly affects the style, but sometimes the style can be good even if I dont like the attitude. But if I like the attitude, the music is much more likely to suit me. It's not really about subject matter of the lyrics though. *I guess the question is how does the particular presentation of a style of music convey an attitude for the artist?* Jimmy Buffet and his Margaritaville and pretty much that whole cd I like, but the parkeet album with kids singing makes me puke. Too corny/happy. Can't take it seriously.
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  5. halı yıkama
    April 23, 2008 at 5:50am
    I really don't know what all the fuss is about.
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  6. Gray
    April 23, 2008 at 8:05pm
    I can completely understand this question. I know there are artists out there that are considered "great," that I don't like. One I can think of off the top of my head is the Rolling Stones. I don't like them, but I can appreciate them, meaning that I know they are talented. I know they have had a big impact on a lot of current artists out there, but I just do not like them. If that isn't good enough, I can think, easily, of an entire type of music I don't like, but that I can appreciate. That would be opera. I don't enjoy listening to it. I appreciate what the performers do, though, because I know they have to be incredibly talented to do what they do. Any good opera singer will have quite a wide vocal range, and they will have a full, supported tone, whether singing quiet or loud. They can sing slowly, or quickly with equal ease, and they can control their vocal dynamics very well, meaning that they can change seamlessly from soft to loud. All those things and more, they do, and it all takes a high level of skill and talent. I certainly appreciate that. I still don't like opera. Perhaps if it was just music with no singing, I would enjoy it, but then it wouldn't really be opera, right? So, there are individual bands or artists, and also entire genres that I don't like, but that I can appreciate. I could go on for quite a while on this, but I won't say anymore, except to say that I have pondered on this a bit myself.
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  7. jimmyboy
    April 23, 2008 at 10:14pm
    As a few others on this blog believe, "good" music is relative. I personally think that everything on the ITunes Top 100 is total cr*p (am i allowed to say that?). Either way, it's all awful. Over-produced, underwritten, oversung, underperformed, cookie-cutter written music. In my attempt to look at American music in a positive light, i just can't. it's just getting atrocious. therefore, i've turned to Europe (the continent, not the band, though i do have The Final Countdown on my pump-up playlist on my IPod). I'm proud to say my favorite bands right now come from Finland (and they sing in English). To get back on topic of the blog, i feel that there are two main factors that make or break a song: the vocals and the drums. The vocals have to entice me to the song otherwise i can't stand the song. I also feel the drums, if played poorly (with the exception of MEg White/White Stripes) absolutely ruin a song. Though if played with fluidity and precision, can make a song absolutely breathtaking and send chills up my spine. Guitar work i also find important, but if there mainly for commercial purposes to steal the limelight (though i myself do play). A guitar can be played absolutely awful, or strangely creative(i.e. Tom Morello/Rage against the MAchine), but the drums and vocals will make the song. This all leads back to the main point of the blog. I feel a good song comprises of appeasing vocals and fluid drums, though a wicked guitar riff will get me everytime, but what 16 year old wouldn't?
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  8. RIA
    April 25, 2008 at 3:02pm
    I like many genres of music, from classical to 70's and 80's.....I am sick of rock and roll and also getting kind of sick of country...my favs are Crystal Gayle, Nana Mouskouri, Eva Cassidy, The Mamas and The Papas, ABBA and then Luciano Pavarotti, Mozart.............I cannot seem to keep my favorite types on my station here. Seems like if for example Crystal Gayle has sung Country then the station sends many Country songs which I am sick of at the moment. I would love it if I could just keep the ones I love....thanks for listening and caring about us on this end...
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  9. Roman
    May 20, 2008 at 6:23am
    Jazz pre-1800 classical music.
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  10. Jon
    July 10, 2008 at 1:51pm
    radiohead, i know, i know, just doesn't click with me
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