Genre fandom and close-mindedness

The issue of snobbery rears its ugly head yet again on rec.music.progressive. Am I the only one that no longer bothers to read any lengthy post by AllGdPpl (or whatever) anymore?

You know, I don’t really have a problem with, say, Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera. I don’t really have a problem with people that like them. I only have a problem when people insist that their favorite band or singer or teeniebopper sexpot is the best musicmaker alive, without bothering to explore the doings of other musicmakers. This is why singleminded fans of Spears or whatever bug me. Problem is, this syndrome is just as prevalent among prog-rock fans, or jazz fans, or classical fans, as anyone else.

As I expand my personal musical experience, I find myself surprised by many things I wouldn’t have thought I would like. The thing is, as I believe Paul Beecham said, if I’m listening to something I don’t think I’ll like, sometimes I just tune it out without even bothering to try. This is a Bad Thing. It’s akin to saying something horribly prejudiced, like “I know I won’t like that man because he’s black, so I won’t even bother to try.” In any case, when I do get over this problem, often I am surprised by what I like.

At the same time, you’ve got to draw the line somewhere, and I still name progressive rock as my favorite genre of music, for any number of reasons. However, I try to make sure that my dedication to the genre no longer inhibits my exploration of other genres, as it has in the past.

Speaking of other genres, Bob’s isn’t the only site entitled “Dancing About Architecture”, it seems. I found the current article on Afro-pop quite interesting. And this “dual review” is rather amusing.

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