I listen to almost anything with with good taste from
the drums of the east to the screams of the west...
& traditional Arabic is quite entertaining,
especially anything with the Arabic guitar. After
all, I am Bengali, so I like traditional Bengali music,
but love "adhonic" in particular, it was the
type of music my father grew up listening in his college
years in the 70's. Indian, is a regular, but Indian pop
has managed to annoy me. Lata Mangeshkar is magnificent,
and so is semi-classical Indian.
Broken Song, 1894
Western likes include Classical & Jazz. Recently, I
fell in love (and am still obsessed) with Vanessa Mae's
pop version of the prelude (opening movement) to J.S.
Bach's Partita No.3 in E, she named it Bach Street
Prelude in her album The Storm. Celtic & new age
sounds are soothing and so is any music with some ethnic
taste is. Of course, like the full blooded American (I
am not one), I enjoy rock, alternative & (some)
popular. And not last, nor least of all is electronica. Yes, I
like the beeps and beats,the background to your SCI-fi
movies and TV ads, and the sounds in your dance floors.
True that some makers of this music are quite lacking in
talent, and tasteless, but like in anything else, there
are exceptions. I am not well acquainted with the
"rave culture" and do not care to be a part of
it. Relative of electronica, disco, is a favorite, and
so are most music from the 60's and 70's. It is a bit
pointless trying to mention all types of the music I
like, instead, it is more reasonable to say I like all
but a few. There are of course my all time favorite
songs, or musical pieces that I hope to list one day,
which is surprisingly not huge.
The music I do not like include music
from the decade of my birth, most of which was, well,
annoying. Hard core rap and nihilistic chants and rants
like Marilyn Manson are nothing more than irritating
noise to me. I don't like airheads like Spice Girls
talking about "Girl power". I am awfully bored
with the boy band craze/New Kids on the block wannabes.
Chinese opera music, which I am not really familiar
with, but have heard a bit in the movie Farewell My
Concubine, can be amazingly irritating. This comes as a
surprise to even myself, considering I like Indian music
and lot of violin, both very high pitched.
Is music everything to me? Certainly not. I have been
criticized for glorifying an "obsession" (if
it is even that) with music by self titled religious
experts on Islam. Before I take further criticisms, I
have to say, the way I take Music, is with moderation. I
do think anything extreme is not good. Balance is
essential, and moderation and balance go hand in hand. If music drives me to extremes,
and I realize that it can for some people, I would
choose to stop listening to it. Certain abuses of music
make many condemn all kinds of music. However, the way I
see it, you cannot let extremes represent something. I
do not think music makes people forget God, but
appreciate the beauty God has provided in this world.
Music is produced from a combination of sound waves,
which are essentially produced from the vibrations of
GOD given materials. Sound is a natural phenomenon, and
music is something derived from that. Therefore, to
consider it something in line with evil, or even a
source of sin is not giving it a justified title.
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