Make music, not arguments
Gabino Vega Rosario
April 1, 2009
Filed under Opinion
I love music. Music is officially in my veins, and I highly respect all those who make music for a living even though some may be awful. I do not respect those individuals who label bands to a specific genre and end up having a 30-minute argument with Internet users.
I just listen to the music and enjoy the incredible sounds of The Human Abstract, understand Immortal Technique’s lyrics, laugh at the Spice Girls’ message, respect Arch Enemy’s lead singer and even agree with TLC. As I listen, I don’t choose a category for each band or artist in my playlist, but instead I just either like it or don’t. Obviously, if somebody labels Eminem as classical rock, we should at least correct the person by saying, “Hey, I believe Eminem is categorized as hip-hop, but I’m sure it is not classical rock.” That’s it! No insulting required!
Why would someone begin an argument about a musical genre that is so closely related? Here is an example, someone called an artist “pop,” but somebody brought up the argument that it is categorized as “world pop.” I didn’t even know there was such a thing! Dumb little comments followed such as this: “You don’t know anything about music.” Any argument about genre categorization is pointless and unacceptable. People need to stop being anal about how their favorite artist is categorized. So what if someone categorized Black Eyed Peas as rap? Leave their completely ignorant mind alone and move along. You adding exclamation points and f-bombs are not going to make the situation any smoother. Get over it!
I think the world has a lot more to worry about than an Internet argument with a stranger. Stop starting the argument and making yourself look like the ignorant fool who just walked into the Star Wars convention rather than the Star Trek convention.