Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great minds rise above them.- Washington Irving

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One day, when I was about 15 years old. I caught up with one of my great friends who I don’t get to see often enough.  Maddie brought a smile on everyone’s faces and was just one of those people who loved life. Hanging out with her was always so much fun. She’ s up for anything, swimming, the theatre the lot.

One day I discovered that Maddie had been keeping a secret from me and other friends. The funny thing was that when I found out what it was, I couldn’t possibly understand why it seemed to be a problem.

You see, Maddie loved Metal music Super intense, super powerful metal music. This girl with long blonde hair  who bounced along as opposed to walked loved something that seemed to hold so much angst.

I thought it was awesome. How cool to have a fact about you that was unique. My musical interest was quite unexplored and closed of in comparison.

Perhaps, it operated as her outlet, allowing any anguish or anxiety to wash through her with the smashing of the drums. Perhaps she found joy through the crescendos that built up in the songs.

All I know is that it inspired me to look at two things, music taste, and what others think of it. I was motivated further beyond the top 40 countdown which always has a multitude of songs that stir the emotions inside of me from joy to despair.

Music Moves me.

From  Yiruma’s classical ‘ River flow in you’ piano piece,  that I used as a lullaby when I was 14 and ridiculously obsessed with twilight. From my 80’s, 90’s and naughties karaoke classics to the beautiful melodies of Mr Ed Sheeran bearing his soul through his music. I am still constantly discovering new music, genres and artist that move me.

So of course when Maddie told me about her favourite music and how it was unusual. I realised she was scared of not just being different but of others acting musically elite and destroying a part of what she loves.

my first thought was

‘ How can something that brings us so much joy, that connects us so absolutely to our emotions, be so easily dismissed as crap? How can people try so hard to bring others down about  one of the only things in this world that works to build us up?’

Maddie is now building a career for herself in radio, and embraces her musical tastes as a love that she is most definitely allowed to have. She taught me something that everyone needs to learn

If you want people to be the best version of themselves, and not just a second-rate version of someone else, then you need to

accept the parts about them that makes them unique. They need to be comfortable accepting themselves and it’s moments like those, where I noticed someone was afraid to turn up the music due to others that inspired me to rise above the minds that are subdued by misfortune, hate and insecurity and start

#STOPMUSICELITISM.

because we need to

Turn up the music and turn down the hate.

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We Need To Stop

Think for a moment…
when was the last time you refused to put your music on in the car for fear that your friends would groan in annoyance?

When was the last time you told someone you absolutely hated an artist or that they sucked?

How many times have you heard people hating on popular music, rap, Hip Hop, Country, Indie?

The Answer?
TOO MANY TIMES.

We live in an age where we have more music than ever available for our listening, on the charts, on Youtube, in the pub scene the possibilities for hearing and sharing new sounds are almost endless!

And yet, there have been too many times where I have found myself apologizing for my song choices to others.
I’m sure you have too.

Tastes will always be different and varied, but surely we can appreciate music for the joy it was made to bring us.

Join the movement to #STOPMUSICELITISM

Share what you love and love what you share.

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