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You’ve probably heard the saying that ‘ big things come in small packages’,
This much is true about stopping music elitism. Whilst for some, the idea of taking the effort to appreciate more music seems trivial, it is in fact another t-word. Stopping Music Elitism is a trigger.
A trigger? Well, if we humans of society can see it within ourselves to be kinder about a subject such as musical taste, we can realise how easy it is to take up that approach when it comes to respecting and questioning all aspects of society that cause disdain, hatred and war such as religion and politics.
When we realise that being nice isn’t actually that hard to achieve and that by setting little goals such as stopping music elitism, we can create a big change in society as a whole, our tolerance of other people, no matter what creed.
So why wouldn’t I just create a ‘ be kind to others’ campaign?
Well the truth in the matter is that being kind as a social campaign can become complacent pretty quickly. If I say please and thank you, I am being kind. If I help an old lady carry her bag off the bus then I am being kind and these are all fantastic actions, but they are also physical acts of kindness. It is much harder to change the thinking in your brain than it is the direction of your feet.
Now, this does not discredit the physical acts of kindness, they are absolutely fantastic! I just couldn’t seem to connect with them on a deep enough level. I have not struggled with having to be kind, It was how I was brought up.
I do however, struggle not to judge peoples music. I usually like a bit of music from every genre and I don’t have a hatred for any genre, but I do still catch myself thinking negatively about music. Just today I was watching the top 40 countdown and a song that came on seemed to rub me the wrong way, i couldn’t connect to the message and the music really frustrated my senses. I thought ‘ What a horrible song.’ before i stopped myself. This song was number 29 on the charts. So not only did that mean it was popular enough to be a success, but that it must have brought enough joy for them to pay for the music on itunes. I realized that I had broken my rule on appreciating music, which is to not judge music until the third time you listen to it.
It is because of my own thoughts and feelings that I created Stop Music Elitism. Because I used to be that teenage girl who loved Taylor Swift but sneered at people who liked Justin Bieber. Admittedly, it was more due to the fact that he 5 days older than me and I felt way more mature than him, but I was the bully, even though I never said anything out loud.
Recently, I have been letting my sister immerse me into the world of One Direction. I have always enjoyed their singles but never really gave them the time of day past that since they seemed to be more geared towards teenage girls, even though again, every single one of them was older than me.
Even 5SOS is now being appreciated. This whole boy band thing is on a role in my opinion, Amnesia anyone? Such a great one to blast out in the car.
So why did I choose Stopping Music Elitism as a social campaign?
Mahatma Ghandi once said to ‘ Be the change you want to see in the world.’
and I am making that change, however small it may seem.
Mandell states on the page that the campaign is not for his own profit. “All proceeds will go to charity,” the site says. “Or perhaps therapy for those who’ve been affected by the band.”
Originally posted on Time.com, the story has made national headlines. Whether people agree with Mandell, or just think it is a hilarious joke, the project is an extreme case of music elitism.
Whilst I was fact checking, I found the campaign hosted on Tilt, not Kickstarter. I was also amazed to find that 171 dollars had been donated from 34 backers. Seven of these people chose the ten dollar option of sending an explicit email to Nickelback.
Now, I don’t know if their music is to your taste, or if you’ve really listened to their album at all. Many people jump on the Nickelback hate bandwagon without a fair trial, but none of this matters. I don’t care if you think their music is worse than the scum of the ant you squashed on the side walk today.
This so called social campaign is BULLYING. People, it is national bullying month and one of our top news stories is about a man who is collecting money from people to harass a band. Mandell is publishing the fact that he is bullying the band. You can get arrested, fined and dragged to court over these issues and he is parading that fact around the internet.
Think about what you’re doing and sharing before you come to a conclusion. Whilst the emails probably won’t even get to the band members themselves, the news of what he was trying to do certainly will. We often ask what drives celebrities to depression, alcoholism and drug problems, at what could make them so stupid.
Have you stopped to think, even for a second,
that the reason could be us?
Be mindful of others and think before you act. Turn down the hate.
Many of us like to stay in the familiar bubble of music choices.
Perhaps we would like more music if we took the time to listen to it. perhaps
we would figure out why we don’t like it, but understand why others would.
Just follow these five steps!
1. Ask a friend what the most obscure song they have in their musical collection and listen to it.
2. Get lost in Youtube. Have you ever found yourself watching a Youtube video hours after you said you would just watch one and ended up deep in the depths of Youtube you didn’t even know existed? Try and use this technique to find new music. You’d be amazed at range of talented musicians you can find making music you never knew existed.
3. Go to Band Night! Did you know that UNSW has bands and DJ’s play on Wednesday nights? Did you know that these bands are awesome? From Rock to Jazz there are all kinds of music to discover! Grab some friends and have a drink taking in the sweet sound of music.
4. Download the free songs from Itunes! Itunes often has a song from a new band in their collection that you can download for free. It might not be your normal taste, but it doesn’t hurt to try it out. Besides, everything is better when it’s free.
5. Don’t Criticize a song the first time you listen to it. How many times have you listened to the album of a favourite artist and told someone that a particular song you now love simply ‘ snuck up on you’? Let the music wash over you and don’t judge it until at least the third time you listen to it..