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Bleasie's Music and Food Analogy

I like strong tasting food best. Curry, dark chocolate, red wine, strong cheese, coffee, olives. Not all at once... usually. I am addicted to Encona hot pepper sauce, known simply as 'hot P' in our house. I put it on pretty much everything, and now I do find food distinctly lacking without some kind of a kick. Why go bland and boring when you can really feel something?

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I reckon you can train your tastebuds to like stronger or more unusual tasting foods. My boyfriend wouldn't touch really spicy food when I met him, and although he doesn't douse all his food with chilli sauce like I do he has levelled up from Korma Padawan to Jalfrezi Jedi. And I've heard plenty of tales of ex olive-haters who've seen the salty light.

There are so many similarities when it comes to music. The majority of music consumed, the stuff that fills the airwaves of Capital fm etc. is like processed white sliced bread, made by a massive marketing machine with a primary goal of making money. Because it's been manufactured specifically to be palatable to as many people as possible, it's easy to like. Those catchy hooks and repetitive choruses are carefully designed to get inside your mind so for the consumer there is no effort required. There are no surprises, no challenges, nothing to get your head around. It's bland. It's fine to say that you like it, but it's naive to think that the best stuff available is the mass-produced stuff that is rammed down your throat. The question is... do you choose to swallow it or do you go in search of something that will give you a more rewarding experience?

Other types of music are not designed to be instantaneous. No one tries stilton for the first time and goes 'oh my god delicious!' They think either 'eew gross' or 'hmm weird, let me try it again to see if I can understand what it's about.' But then when you really get into the complexity and intensity of it then you feel like you have learnt something and your life is richer for the experience.

My Nana has this amazing expression for some of the more exotic food stuffs that aren't to her taste - 'too highly seasoned!' But the thing is, they aren't too highly seasoned, it's just that her palate isn't used to spicy curry etc. But it could be. And similarly most people find a lot of the more obscure music out there 'too highly seasoned' - too fast, too loud, too slow, too unpredictable, too repetitive, too discordant... but it's really that they just haven't sufficiently expanded their aural palates.

I'm not saying there is no place for instantaneous music, or that all pop music is inferior. Good pop music can be awesome, as can the best examples of any genre. (Likewise, all genres have their crappy white bread, too.) And as for the not-so-good pop music? Well there is always a place for the disposable instant fix, just like there is a place for dirty burgers, kebabs and Mars bars. Guilty pleasures. Something to fill a hole. But just like eating too much junk food is bad for the body, listening to nothing but artificial goop just can't be good for the soul, maaan. You need nourishment.

Now I'm not on some musical high horse of liking everything here. I like don't particularly like Jazz or Classical. But that's not because they are objectively inferior genres, or because I have defective ears. It's just that I haven't put the time and effort into training myself to like them. So I would never say Jazz is rubbish. I just don't get it right now. But maybe one day I will.

Basically, don't knock it until you've tried it.

No, not just once, but lots of times. Then you may discover whole new loves that make your life even more amazing. After all, man cannot live by processed bread alone.

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