Over the past week, I’ve been kinda re-evaluting my stance on music. I try to live by the ideal that I will listen to any music, despite prejudices, connotations, ideas and notions; ergo have an open mind.
A previous blog post last week I went into ranting about how I hate zealous bidding of bands such as Fokofpolisiekar and all their respective children they have spawned, but somehow they were not a part of my ideal. I had judged them before I truly listened to it. On a even deeper level: I judged, and that is not part of my life philosophy. I live by the ignorant notion that I shall not judge anyone or anything based on whatever they do. I was not granted the all mighty smiting hammer so I could damn everyone, because they do ‘bad’ things. Who am I, to take that role?
Don’t get me wrong, I’ll not be a totally void of opinion, because I’m scared of judging people. That’s a whole different ball game. Let’s take music as an example again:
I like music, and I try to listen to every kind of music. However, when someone plays me some music, and unless the band or artist is musically horrendous (bad notes, flat, rhythm is off etc), I will take it in for subjective growth experience it provides. I might not go ape shit over it and hail it next messiah, but I will most definitely not say, that shit is horrible. Some things I like more than other, but I’m not in the position to condemn it.
So, taking Fokofpolisiekar, Van Coke Kartel and aKing as examples: bands which I have completely condemned, because I despised them for various reasons, I will now remove that veil and go listen to their music. In the end I’ll have a more informed opinion, although I might not necessarily like them, and I’ll know that I at least gave them a chance. And if I don’t like them, I’m going to go about evangelizing the support for bring down band ‘x’, because of ‘x’ reasons.
So, in retrospect, The Afrikaans Phenomenon post was uncalled for. I felt strong about something, but I should’ve rather focused on the constructive rather the destructive.