I want to discuss is why it is so ‘awesome’ to have a broad taste in almost anything, but in particular music and movies; I use these ‘fields’ as examples since people can easily relate to these—almost all of us listen to music and watch movies, we have music and movies genres that we like and don’t like and we are reminded of them quite often, at least music.
Before I begin to list all the pros and cons with having a broad taste I want to tell you a little story; the person I was about eight years ago: a boy who liked rock (not metal), pop, music played on the radio, and some techno; I loved action movies, science fiction, “hated” drama and romance—although romance in comedy was okay.
Today I listen to various kinds of music at home, although I generally dislike rap and RnB, but I must say there are some rap and RnB songs that are really good and I generally don’t mind the music as long as it isn’t played too much for too long—this goes for all music even those that are my favorites. As for movies, I haven’t seen a movie I didn’t like for ages, sure they can be bad, really bad, but I always get into the movie; isolating myself with it, experiencing what they are experiencing. I don’t mind if it’s a bad story when watching the movie—although a good story enhances a movie, no doubt about that. There is however one kind of movies I simply cannot watch and I think it’s because it is so unrealistic; American parodies.
How come it is so awesome then? you might ask. Let us begin with the music.
Wherever I am and there is music there is a high likelihood that I will enjoy listening to it; too many times have I been on parties where there is always one complaining on the current song that is played. Now this is not about your surroundings this is about YOU; think for a second that you never ever had to complain about the music, everything you listened to would be something that you like. A better analogy (so that people really grasp what it is I’m after) would be when you are at a party, traveling by car with other, or just visiting someone; you will then always be in charge of what should be played. Sure, this isn’t the case (and probably never will be) but it explains how I feel when listening to music, it’s like I listen to what I want to listen, and someone else just happened to listen to the same song/album/band/genre/thing.
This makes me not only happier, because I never become fretful over some small things like music—I have better things to spend my energy on.
As a side note, of course I have favorite genres (often what kind of mood I’m in) and favorite song/bands etc. And I can rank songs; it’s just that they are “all” good, great, or awesome—”all” meaning there are some exceptions.
Continuing with the movies…
I usually let others decide what movies to watch, why? Because I know I will like it, the exception being American Parody, but that’s just one genre and not “fifty” genres that others have. This will for one let others decide what movie too watch, however if I really really want to watch something I say it. Now this is not the main purpose—letting other people decide—it’s a mere consequence; what you gain is that you like every movie even though it can be bad—why aren’t you allowed to like a bad movie? To use another analogy, think of that every movie you watch is one of the best movies you have ever seen, be it Matrix, Lord of the Rings, American Pie, whatever; wouldn’t that be awesome? You can see that I still know that the movie is bad, but whilst watching it the mind forgets about that ‘bad part’ and only sees the ‘awesome parts’.
But will this not take away my personality?
Well, yes and no. Personality changes every day as we gain more experience throughout our lives. If you want to stay the same and not be more open I will not force you, it is not for everyone. Although I must say that I personally prefer when people are more open—about taste, ideas, and so forth—and not being able to change at all. Of course they should be able to do critical analysis when needed; I just don’t think music and movies need any critical thinking—that is if you’re not in the music or movie business.
So how do I get from disliking most things to liking them?
It is actually rather simple. All I did was to watch movies and listen to music I didn’t like, and I still do that, at least with music since there is a never-ending stream of music out there. Of course this will require you to listen to music that you generally don’t like, but be more open about it. If you just listen to it and don’t think “I hate this shit!” you will probably be surprised how fast you can start to like a new music genre, group, etc. The biggest tip is when you start listening to some of that music don’t force it upon yourself, do it when you are doing something else and the music is just background music.
Why not try to be more open to try out new thing, not just music and movies, this will make you happier in the end—at least from my experience.|
Your comments? Agree or disagree, why?