Why My Favorite Music Will Always Be Better Than Yours…

…And yours will, of course, always be better than mine.  This isn’t an easy topic to dispense with in a short

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amount of time, and we could go back and forth all night, so I have decided to limit myself a bit and keep it as simple as I can in an effort to explain why my favorite music will always be better than yours and yours better than mine can exist at the same time and both be right.

In order to explain this, I would have you take a look at Greek mythology.  Greek mythology has always fascinated me, and continued entertain, perplex, and capture the imaginations of countless others because it is representative of every element of the human condition, and as such, it makes it easy to find something in it that reminds us of ourselves, or even reminds us of something that is more akin to th opposite of ourselves.  My area of expertise is certainly not the human brain, but I do know that this is one of the reasons Freud related his observations and findings of psychological disorders and conditions back to Greek mythology.

There are many of us out there who are fans of Greek mythology as a whole, but we have our favorite stories, and would more likely be fans of stories about Heracles, or the creation myths in Hesiod’s Theogony, or the myths and “marginal stories” that are the keys to understanding the Homeric epics.  I could go on, but you get the point.  We tend to favor stories whose characters or values we identify with most, whether that is an expression of who we are, who we think we are, or who we would like to be.

Catholics have a long tradition of identification phenomena when it comes to choosing patron saints.  They are often encouraged to select a patron saint whose name they not only like, but whose life they most identify with, or at the very least, whose spiritual path they would most like to follow.

Over the course of our lives, we may select several dfferent types of music that might describe who we are or what interests us at the time, and we usually grow out of those types of music – such as the Wiggles, the Muppets, Coldplay, and Nickelback – but there is usually one musical act that has more of an effect on us in our late teens and early 20s that tends to endure when all the others fade away.  Even though we still have a great deal of growing-up to do, we are through our formative years, and are essentially the people we end-up being as more mature adults.  The music that we listen to during those “coming of age” years tends to either define us or give us something to define ourselves by

Naturally, because we do have so much of ourselves invested in the type of music to which we listen, and because humans just have a tendency toward be ego-centrism, criticism of our favorite type of music is tanamount to personal insult, and lack of interest borders on just plain ignorance.  No matter what anyone tells you, the healthy human being likes himself or herself more than they like anyone else, and no matter what you do or say, you cannot make someone like your music more than they like their own.

This post goes a long way and winds through some great memories in my own life, but just goes to show why my favorite music will always be better than yours.


4 Responses

  1. Awesome analysis of the musical psyche. To say that anyone’s musical taste sucks is akin to calling someone stupid because they like brocolli (choppin’ broc-o-lai!) and you don’t. It’s all a matter of personal preference. If you don’t like it, don’t listen. But don’t get offended. There’s offense intended. Keep up the blogging Ben.

  2. Thanks Jerry. By the way, your music stinks! Good day Sir!

  3. […] Post of All-Time! Okay, maybe not, but I think I got your attention.  My last post about why my favorite music will always be better than yours got me thinking.  I know Jerry has put together some great lists of some great albums, but we were […]

  4. we try to pay attention to what is playing. we love listening to and playing music, and we love to talk about the things we like – sometimes it’s stuff other people like, and sometimes it’s stuff that might be a bit more esoteric.

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