Re: Is your taste in music eclectic?
posted at 3/12/2013 5:40 PM EDT
In response to devildavid's comment:
In response to SonicsMonksLyresVicars' comment:
Matty, I think you are too kind (I actually think you are very kind, btw). I'd say that too many people - most people, overwhelmingly so - allow themselves to decline into comfort and complacency rather than make an effort to grow, or even to embrace the possibility of change.
"attuned and specific"? Isn't that nice-guy-speak for lazy and smug? I admit my favourite band has been Husker Du since about 1984....and I hope another band supplants them. No, I hope I'm open minded enough to allow it (I think and hope I am). But my top 2-20 is constantly evolving.
I don't agree that we become lazy and smug. Aging changes us, like it or not. I don't feel the same excitement over music that used to excite me on a different level when I was younger. I still like a lot of the same music, but my reaction to it is for lack of a better word, mature. That's what aging can do. It can mature our tastes. I don't see this as good or bad, just something that happens. I don't think anyone who truly loves music closes themselves off from anything new, but the focus of our lives changes with age, and along with it the entertainment we consume. I don't think it has anything to do with whether or not we remain open-minded. You call it declining into comfort and complacency, I call it maturing.
Not to harp (well, why not?) ... :)
While it's irrefutable that age does change all of us in various ways, we are solely responsible for re-setting expectations about ourselves with an allowance for the age factor, but not by making it the sole factor.
If age is only *one* factor in setting expectations and standards for the extent of joy, fulfillment, excitement, etc. in our life experiences as we journey on, any one of us may be as thrilled at 80 as we were at 40 with an accomplishment or activity.
Take the 100-year old man who recently completed a marathon in Toronto. He didn't take up running until he was 89, and he is now the oldest person on record to have completed a marathon. He is just as thrilled at age 100 as a 25-year old who completed a marathon -- in fact, maybe more thrilled -- since his accomplishment is so rare for a man his age.
He did not set a speed record (he came in last, in fact), but that wasn't his goal; he wasn't trying to win. He was there to run the entire route, thereby adjusting his expectations realistically for a man his age. Shoots the "I'm too old" argument right out the window, doesn't it?
It's not your goal to find 'new' music at a rapid pace, any more than it was for the older marathon runner to win the race. It's also not your goal to find 'new' music that excites you, similar to the older marathoner whose goal wasn't to win. His happiness came from accomplishing the goal he created, on his terms, factoring age into the mix to set realistic expectations; age, however, was not singled out as a success factor. He set the bar at the right level; he did not lower the bar.
Just my two cents.