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People say that they love music. But when it comes down to it they forget to say the word "but...", because they don’t like certain types of music. So how can someone say they love music when they really mean only certain types of music? Therefore they don't really love music at all.

I know someone who says that they love music but not pop, not hip hop, not techno because to them that's not music. So according to them music is defined as being everything except those genre's and they are not music. Well, I strongly and most vehmantly disagree.

Music is music. When an instrument whether it be a voice, a piece of wood or metal or both, that makes a noise when blown, strummed, plucked or banged or sung. Whether the notes that come out from that instrument make sense to someone, it is music even if we do not agree.

My number plate on my car reflects my love of music, all types of music, admittedly some more than others, but all types of music. I don't disregard any form of music; I am open to listen to any form of music. I love it when a pop song combined with great lyrics and an amazing tune is coupled with a great production no matter if that production is electronic or vocal, if it makes for a fabulous, fun song, then I’m in. Prime example is LMFAO. Their simplistic yet extremely catchy tunes, studio and electronically produced so brilliantly that it can sit on the pop charts at number 1 for many weeks, how can that not be music? To some it may not be, but for a lot it is.

The slow melodic sound of singers past whose voices rang out from our television sets in movies where the production of the movie was just as fabulous as the production of a video clip in today's modern world. Singing in the Rain, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Sound of Music, Funny Girl..even the current crop of musicals such as Moulin Rougue, Chicago and the television show Glee. Each are filled with music. Whether you like musical style or not, you cannot say you love music if you don't consider these to be music, which they most definitely are. And what about on the stage where shows such as Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Wicked, Chorus Line...to name a few, all full of the wonderous sounds of music. You may not like them, but they contain some of the most moving and wonderful sounds ever made.

What about heavy rock, where screaming is the norm and electric guitars fill our ear drums blasting them with the sound of we might hear as just a lot of noise. It is music and I have to say there are some heavy metal tunes that I really love, most I don’t, but that won’t stop me from listening to it and judging each tune on its merits.

Then there's country music, jazz, hip hop, folk music, electronic music, it's all music. What about Opera who some consider the epitome of what music is all about. We may not like the sound but there is no denying that sometimes you can listen to a piece of opera that is being played as a background in a shopping centre, a shop, a gallery, anywhere, and you may not know what they are saying but the tune is remarkable and for some reason you feel the emotion behind the piece.

What about classical music? Listening to classical music for a long time can put some, even myself to sleep quite easliy, but sometimes you hear a piece and closing your eyes you can conjour in your imagination an amazing scenery that gets played out just by listening to the music.

Then theres the music from other countries in styles that are completely foreign to us, yet we love listening to it. Take the Eurovision Song Contest. What started out as a European folk song contest is now one of the highest rating music shows in the world and spawned a world wide phenonma known as Abba! Now don't tell me that what Abba produced is not music. You may not like it, but it is music. Very catchy, highly pop but so very full of musical nuances that make their tunes so timeless, their stage show Mamma Mia just proves it. Played all over the world, fans flock to watch the show and cannot wait to get up and dance to the tunes. You may have cringed when they first came out and you still don’t like them, but it is music.

I love music. All forms of music. I am open to listening to anything, from hip hop to country, to heavy metal, to opera, to classical, to pop, to techno, to musicals, to folk, to literally anything. I judge the song performed by just that, the song itself and the way the artist or artists interpret it. And I must admit I have a lot of admiration for those artists that have vocal capability that they really don’t need their microphones.

I can hear a song, hate it, then listen to the lyrics, really listen and absolutely love it. Sure there are some artists that have an amazing talent for getting it right all the time crossing over into many genres and ages and whose uniqueness lasts for many, many years. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, The Jackson Five to name a few, the artists that came from the sensational Motown..there are many, many more, but the point is sometimes an artist can get it so right that no matter what age you are, you just enjoy listening to what they have produced. There are also many more that try to span the ages, who think they are timeless, but should just stay where they first came from and let their past be a testament to what they were capable of. Whether the piece of music is simplistic or not, repetitive, it is music.

Music is something that no-one should shut their ears off from because they don't like a particular genre of music. Don't dismiss a type of music because it is too loud, too techno, too poppy, too classical, too weird or just too boring, because you are missing out on maybe an experience that could surprise you. Listen to all music in all of its wondrous forms, no matter what type of music it is.

So when you say you love music, really mean it...you love music in all of its forms...only then if you truly open yourself to that then you can say you love music. If you don't, then you don’t' really love music.


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