I've been more active on the forum lately as I am recovering from an injury, and certain things get posted that kind of get under my skin. There sometimes seem to be an attitude that there are certain things about music that all intelligent music lovers agree upon. In general, a lot of it has to do with statements about what music is good and what music is bad.
Lately, I've had more time to express myself and have been disagreeing more with some things that get posted and seem to be expecting general agreement. For example, I am not one who wants to join the consensus saying Led Zeppelin is a great band. I also don't want to jump in on the bashing of contemporary music as a wasteland.
Now admittedly, I don't really listen to much contmporary music. But that is one reason I can't just agree that it is all bad. Without evidence, I have to withhold my opinion. But it also seems to me that all contemporary artists are being unfairly lumped in with the so-called bad music of the most popular artists.
Beyond that, I'm not even sure what makes music good or bad. I guess music requires a certain talent and skill level and some people obviously don't possess it. But just to say someone's music is terrible doesn't really explain it to me. Nor does saying a performer is a fraud. And often that is all I see. I understand we have opinions, but music is more than just broccoli which we either eat or spit out. Even the person who hates broccoli has to concede that it has health benefits. I am interested in knowing specifically what is bad about the music.
On the other hand, I think we also have to be able to explain what good music is. In my debate on Led Zeps originality, so many tried various ploys to excuse their plagiarism, i.e. they were young; others did it; they made the songs better, etc. I think we should be able to distance ourselves emotionally from music we love and defend it and in some way explain why it is good.
Admittedly, in the end it all comes down to personal taste. But I would like to see more specific criticism or praise.
Now, I will concede that Led Zeppellin is a rock band with a lot of notoriety. I really don't enjoy them very much. I don't enjoy the high pitched singing of Robert Plant as it doesn't really convey any emotion to me that I feel deep inside. I don't like the bombastic nature of many of their songs. I don't like any of the lyrics that refer to JRR Tolkeinesque fantasy worlds. I really don't identify with this band in any way. However, I do enjoy some of their songs. "Black Dog" is a particular favorite. I like the rythym of the song and how the band stops for the vocals. The vocals still don't do much for me, but the band could play. This may even be a plagiarised song, but I do enjoy it on a certain level. "Rock and Roll" is another song I have to admit is a rock classic I enjoy. I just don't think they are as great as many others seem to.