Keeping an open mind to new music is not always an easy thing though. I find some of the pop music bland but that’s always been the case. I listen to new music from artists and in genres that I like but a lot of it seems a bit stale.
Maybe rock in particular has become a bit of a parody of itself…the same songs, the same acts, ever increasing ticket prices. Nostalgia has become an expensive addiction, deja vu.
To grow as a musician it’s good to look back and understand where something came from. Nothing is created in a void. It’s also good to stay open to new music, new ideas, to challenge your thinking. Look outside the box and find something new. Investigate new (or new to you) players and genre’s.
I listened to a lot of podcasts over the Christmas break and found an appreciation for some of the metal guys and the shredders, it will never be a great love but I can listen more appreciatively now than before. I found the depth that some of these players have in their craft to be inspiring. Areas of music and players I had previously closed off opened up for me.
The situation…well let’s just say I missed seeing someone that I now would love to have seen. I’m kicking myself about it. My mind was closed pre podcast and a bit of youtube investigation.
So the moral of the story is this, open your mind…there’s a whole other world of music, opinions and ideas out there. It doesn’t mean you have to agree with or like them, and it certainly doesn’t devalue your past experiences and memories.
What’s to lose?