Tradist Confessions; musically challenged?

Ole Hickory

Active Member with Corp. Privileges
Forgive the spelling, I do not have spell check on my device but felt the following warranted immediate attention and discussion. My "potential problem" should be taken light-heartedly, at best.

Musical taste, or more specifically, lack their of according to my better half. I am afflicted with a taste for music that offends the ear of small animals, children, and family alike (not blood). I dig the melodic sounds of Charlie Parker, old Athens sound, Neil Diamond, old country/bluegrass, southern rock, as well as euro electro-pop and God forbid- opera. I am I the only one cursed with such an ecclectic taste and appreciation of genres that confound and offend, allegedly, familiar ears (with the exception of my toddler)? My poor wife literally flees from the scene at my attempts to dj at house parties and the club when I am able commandier the musical selection. Alas, friends from boarding school and college buddies seem to suffer from a simililar malaise.Is it the genes or can one acquire bad taste? Please advise.
 

rip

Elite Member
Forgive the spelling, I do not have spell check on my device but felt the following warranted immediate attention and discussion. My "potential problem" should be taken light-heartedly, at best.

Musical taste, or more specifically, lack their of according to my better half. I am afflicted with a taste for music that offends the ear of small animals, children, and family alike (not blood). I dig the melodic sounds of Charlie Parker, old Athens sound, Neil Diamond, old country/bluegrass, southern rock, as well as euro electro-pop and God forbid- opera. I am I the only one cursed with such an ecclectic taste and appreciation of genres that confound and offend, allegedly, familiar ears (with the exception of my toddler)? My poor wife literally flees from the scene at my attempts to dj at house parties and the club when I am able commandier the musical selection. Alas, friends from boarding school and college buddies seem to suffer from a simililar malaise.Is it the genes or can one acquire bad taste? Please advise.
God forbid you should say, "God forbid- opera". I'm with you all the way to (but not including) electro-pop, and, without apologies, love opera. Narrow taste defines a narrow person. Revel in your wideness!
 

Naval Gent

Senior Member
I see nothing peculiar about your "problem". Maybe you need new friends / spouse. But I recommend you abandon Neil Diamond and adopt Tom Jones. Also add in some Robert Earl Kean. The Time-Life Soul collection is actually very good. Clapton isn't God: Bill Monroe is.

When you say "old Athens Sound", I take it you mean Georgia and not Greece? (remind me to tell you the story about when Michael Stipe gave a Navy buddy of mine a Little Debbie in the 40 Watt Club)

Scott
 

dpihl

Super Member
I dig the melodic sounds of Charlie Parker, old Athens sound, Neil Diamond, old country/bluegrass, southern rock, as well as euro electro-pop and God forbid- opera.



https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?an=Dave+Barry&kn=songs&sts=t&x=31&y=10

Dave Barry has written extensively on the topic of bad songs. NPR's weekend edition often features stories about the worst music of all time as well.

The thing you should know, is that Neil Diamond is only bad some of the time. Many of his songs are classics.

I noticed that you didn't include Macarthur Park in your list of songs you enjoy. No Slim Whitman (Mar's Attacks). No Mantovani Orchestra, Living Strings and Living Voices, no 101 Strings, etc.

Relax, you're doing fine.
 

jph712

Active Member with Corp. Privileges
Honestly an eclectic taste I think is what is best to have when it comes to music. Excluding Top40 pop-schlock and rap/hip-hop, I will darned near listen to and enjoy anything and it drives my wife and co-workers batty. I can easily slide from "high lonesome" blusegrass directly to prog-metal. So I say don't exclude anything.
 

Cruiser

Connoisseur
I recommend you abandon Neil Diamond and adopt Tom Jones. Also add in some Robert Earl Kean.

While I second the suggestion about Robert Earl Keen (I can hear him singing about Chucky Cheese now), don't throw Neil Diamond under the bus entirely.

My musical taste are about as eclectical as one can get. While guys like John Prine and Kris Kristofferson are my heroes, I won't hesitate to pay $200 for a seat at a Van Morrison show. At the same time I've seen the Stones three times and watched Alice Cooper hang himself at midnight.

It's not uncommon for me to go hear a favorite classical violinist of mine on Friday night and then go listen to The Whites or Ricky Skaggs perform bluegrass on Saturday night. And it doesn't get any better than Johnny Cash or Waylon Jennings, RIP. Somewhere along the way I've converted my 20 year old daughter into being a huge Bob Dylan fan, despite the fact that most of the songs she listens to were written long before she was born.

But opera. Only two things will get me to the opera; a drop dead gorgeous woman who wants me to escort her or an airplane on which I am a passenger that just happens to crash into the opera hall. :icon_smile_big:

Cruiser
 
Forgive the spelling, I do not have spell check on my device but felt the following warranted immediate attention and discussion. My "potential problem" should be taken light-heartedly, at best.

Musical taste, or more specifically, lack their of according to my better half. I am afflicted with a taste for music that offends the ear of small animals, children, and family alike (not blood). I dig the melodic sounds of Charlie Parker, old Athens sound, Neil Diamond, old country/bluegrass, southern rock, as well as euro electro-pop and God forbid- opera. I am I the only one cursed with such an ecclectic taste and appreciation of genres that confound and offend, allegedly, familiar ears (with the exception of my toddler)? My poor wife literally flees from the scene at my attempts to dj at house parties and the club when I am able commandier the musical selection. Alas, friends from boarding school and college buddies seem to suffer from a simililar malaise.Is it the genes or can one acquire bad taste? Please advise.

Friend, if anything, your better half is the one who's in need of some musical intervention (especially if she can't get into bluegrass, opera, and Bird). As for you, you're doing fine; your eclectic tastes just serve to make you that much more interesting.

Also, I would be remiss if I didn't note that *in my opinion*, while most electro is hideous--most notably the silly Euro stuff--there are always exceptions to the rule and there's some very listenable, and danceable tunes within the genre. :aportnoy:
 

Good Old Sledge

Senior Member
Friend, you've come to the right place. We have on these fora at least one dog from every town - proponents of everything from, well, you've read it yourself.
I've performed and listened to everybody from Al Martino to The Coleman County Cowboys and for ages thought my interest embraced everything except opera. Then I embraced this little soprano. Opened up a whole new world to me...
 

jackmccullough

Honors Member
But opera. Only two things will get me to the opera; a drop dead gorgeous woman who wants me to escort her or an airplane on which I am a passenger that just happens to crash into the opera hall. :icon_smile_big:

Cruiser

At least if it's the latter, you get to avoid hearing the opera by hearing the much more pleasant sound of the plane crashing into the building.
 

rip

Elite Member
Also, I would be remiss if I didn't note that *in my opinion*, while most electro is hideous--most notably the silly Euro stuff--there are always exceptions to the rule and there's some very listenable, and danceable tunes within the genre. :aportnoy:
Most sadly, in Prague, where I live part of the year, while a good venue for jazz and superb for classical, the clubs seem permanently stuck in the electro- era.
 

Preu Pummel

Super Member
Your musical tastes aren't BAD. Your wife might be using it as a way to chip away your defenses, making you unsure of yourself. None of that music is 'bad', it's just that you might be hanging out with top-40, corn fed types. When you enjoy or seek culture, don't get near them.
 

J.L

New Member
While I'd sub out Neil Diamond for Woody Guthrie, and then your techno-pop for maybe some hipster Synth-rock (the killers, the bravery) your okay.

As mentioned already: shallow music pool... equals boring person.
 

Ole Hickory

Active Member with Corp. Privileges
Thank you kindly,
Dean Martin- "Houston", Johnny Mercer- "Glow Worm", The Smiths- "Ask", TH's "Psyco Killer, assorted Faust, and Foghorn's ('malappropriated') Nuevelle Vauge "Guns of Brixton" are the "rude tunes" wafting through residence this cool southern morning. Chances are that Waylon and Kris will be on deck next and will be greeted with a cascade of colorful metaphors and maybe a an ancient shell bulcher which has sadly a rose color that will match the lump it creates- if the fairer sex's aim is not hindered by blood-shot eyes.

Genuinely, I appreciate the support and sage wisdom. I should clarify two points; I.) Electro-europop is often ignorantly and incorrectly called "sissy music" in these parts- I would inappropreately cateogorize Stone Roses to Pet Shop in this lot- virtually any band affiliated. with Johnny Marr, and more importantly- at least to me, II.) Did I mention the better half is still a babe?

Many Thanks!
 
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