Calling all Music Elitist

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by jason_boddie, May 14, 2010.

  1. jason_boddie

    jason_boddie Piano User

    Dec 26, 2008
    Jacksonville, FL
    My wife called me a "Music Elitist" because I don't like watching American Idol, or comment when people mess up performing.

    She also says I can't just "listen" to music.

    I think she might be right, oh geez
  2. Solar Bell

    Solar Bell Moderator Staff Member

    May 11, 2005
    Metro Detroit
    I cannot stand American Idol, I just won't watch it.
  3. tedh1951

    tedh1951 Utimate User

    Oct 18, 2007
    The Wide Brown Land
    Hey Jason, very perceptive woman that one - tell her she has fine taste in men. ;-)
  4. aucklander

    aucklander New Friend

    Apr 15, 2010
    Auckland, New Zealand
    I rather watch Chris Botti on youtube than watching American Idol.....
  5. Mambo King

    Mambo King Pianissimo User

    Aug 20, 2009
    Ellington's famous quote about good and bad music doesn't define "good" and "bad". My personal definition requires honest commitment to the moment, being open to spontaneous left turns, not copying others directly although we are of course a product of our influences; Simon Cowell's are will this person look good, mime well, not overtax the Antares Autotune etc and make money. People listen to music the way I like it, people listen to music the way Cowell likes it and the same for more variations than need listing here. I don't like Cowell's ethos but he has the same rights as I do so all that I can do is try to perform in my way, to try to reach out and touch the listener. The moment I try to handcuff the likes of Simon Cowell I become as bad as him. He is a product of the 21st century where mediocrity is championed and quality marginalised, treated with suspicion and derision.
  6. Pedal C

    Pedal C Mezzo Forte User

    Jan 24, 2005
    I think you like what you like, it's as simple as that. It's a huge waste of time to try to change other people's preferences, and it's foolish to substitute someone else's judgment for your own. Listen to what you like, be open minded about new stuff, and don't listen to what doesn't appeal to you.

    I like Chuck's quote, "Don't be afraid to see what you see." You just can't expect everyone else to see the same thing.

    I kind of enjoy American Idol, but I'm a beer elitist. You gotta go with what works.
  7. veery715

    veery715 Utimate User

    Mar 6, 2007
    Ithaca NY
    Broadcast TV will rot your brain completely. We use ours only for DVDs.

    As far as listening to music, I know many folks who cannot do that. Put on something you want to hear - that you want them to hear - and in a short time they will begin to talk instead of listen. If you do this, you need to learn how to listen, and it is not something that can be done without some practice and discipline. When you focus on listening, you will not be inclined to speak.

    If you DO watch broadcast TV, and not alone, I think it is rude to comment on what you see and hear. If you don't like it, go practice and let your good woman enjoy it without you.

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  8. gglassmeyer

    gglassmeyer Piano User

    Apr 28, 2006
    Cincinnati, OH
    my wife is pretty tone deaf, so she relies on the rest of the family to give her an indication of how well someone does. I haven't tried to figure out just how tone deaf, but if my wife thinks there's something wrong, then there's major problems.

    I don't mind the young kids trying to become stars making mistakes, but the guest hip hop artists who show how little talent they have amaze me. The Black Eyed Peas, P Diddy and Usher all couldn't sing worth a crap. Usher, might be able to sing if he weren't dancing around so much, but I'm not so sure.

    I just love when the judges contradict themselves every week. One week the kids get "you need to make the song your own" the next week they get "you've taken a classic and changed to the point it can't be recognized". I also hate that the judges always have to say something/make some comment. Sometimes that leads them to say the same old crap or make something up. they should be allowed to stick with "nice job, I liked it" or "oooo, not so good this week"

    We all talk during the show but try to at least listen to the performances.

    it gives us something to argue about
  9. Buck with a Bach

    Buck with a Bach Fortissimo User

    Dec 29, 2009
    Canton, Ohio
    For me, it depends on who the contestants are. Some years I could care less. This year I'm interested because one of the top three is from the northwest area of my state. She's down to earth and doesn't show a huge ego, besides, she CAN sing pretty good and stays true to herself. I also agree about some of the so-called "mentors" and some of the groups they've had on. Not worth two whoops and a holler..........Buck:oops:
    Last edited: May 14, 2010
  10. frankmike

    frankmike Piano User

    Dec 5, 2008
    be proud of yourself

    90% of the population is diminished, their minds are diminished, but they are good consumers, good tax-payers, good 9AM-5PMers, and unfortunately they have to exist in order for world to go on. Did you watch that movie when that guy travels to the future, well those who live beneath the ground and dig metals are that people. Wee need them. God bless them. But the same time, thank you God you didnt make me one of them.

    blame economy, blame capitalism, blame whom you want, but thats just the way it is. accept it. And be thankfull your not one of them

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