Wednesday, October 21, 2009

It's a love/hate thing... I think

Posted By on Wed, Oct 21, 2009 at 10:31 AM

Ok, fearless readers, I need your help. We have quite the quandary to discuss. Help answer the following question: What happens when you don’t like an artist, but like his/her/their music? Is this the equivalent of treason? Does this upset the music gods?

Help me out here. This seems to be a common problem in music land today. Don’t believe me? Here are a few examples to start the conversation:

Kayne West – Yes, he’s a punk. Yes, he’s an ass. And yes, his music is unique, catchy and hard not to like. One minute he’s jumping on stage at the MTV VMAs and ruining America’s sweetheart Taylor Swift’s speech, and the next he’s got one of the hottest song’s ("Run This Town") off one of the hottest albums (Jay-Z’s The Blueprint Vol. 3). He’s spoiled, an egomaniac, but extremely talented.

Jared Leto – Yes, he’s an actor and yes he’s the lead singer for the rock group 30 Seconds to Mars. Leto was once asked to name the top five songs of all time. And then named two of his group’s songs as part of the list. Humble he is not. But just when you’re ready to be done with him and put him in permanent d-bag status, his group releases a new album with a damn good new single ("Kings and Queens"). You like rock music, you like that song. No way around it. Starting to see the rub here?

John Mayer – Perhaps the most annoying on this list (ok, maybe a coin toss between him and Kanye). Yep, we are all tired of all the kiss and tell (see; Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Simpson, whatever chick he’s dating right now, Jennifer Aniston – you get the idea). But here’s the problem. The man can straight shred a guitar. He might be the closest thing to the next Eric Clapton that we have. Don’t believe me? Listen to his John Mayer Trio album TRY! And by the sound of his new single "Who Says," it looks like he’s gonna be around for awhile longer.

Yes, it’s ok to feel conflicted. Confused. A little unsure. There are dozens (maybe hundreds) of examples everywhere you turn. So what do you think? Are you committing music sin by listening to the music of the people you hate? Are we encouraging them? Leave your thoughts (and examples) below.

Of course, if you’re like me, you can always just turn off the news and turn up the music. Doesn’t feel as guilty if you don’t know the crime.

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