I learnt from feedback during "Request Week" that my opinions are not neccessarily the same as other peoples.
Not really - I knew that already.
What I didn't expect is the amount of feeling that people have for their own favourites.
Now, I am used to people hating my music. I like freeform Jazz and Frank Zappa, so I hear a lot of "Isn't he just playing random notes", "It sounds like someone throwing a bucket of cutlery down the stairs" and my favourite, "Didn't he take a shit on stage once?"
So what is it that makes us form our own opinions on songs, music and art in general?
Why is it that someone can like a certain chune so much that they can live their life for it, but another individual can hate it with the same passion - or even worse think nothing of it?
Music is not maths, there are no absolutes. However, we do have a "control". And that is the song itself. No matter what else is different in our opinion, the song, as Robert Plant once sang, remains the same.
So we have to look to external factors in trying to analyse musical tastes.
I was told off because I didn't 'get' a certain chune. I was informed that the lyrics were funny. I don't think I had even listened to the lyrics that closely.
That's what is so great about music and art in general. It's open to the interpreter so much. I have found an art form that I think I know a lot about, and it is strange that sometimes it is not the song itself that I am looking at, or am being moved by, but what it represents to me. Does it stir a memory? What was the history of this recording? Is there something special about the people involved?
The lyrics of that particular song clearly hadn't resonated with me.
Perhaps that is why I like Pollock so much as a painter - it is all (about the viewers) interpretation. Some may see dancing figures in a May ritual, others leaves on the wind, and worst would be only to see dripped ink on a canvas. Occasionally, I too hear musicians only leaving drips on a canvas.