Da Musically Inclined Bomb

DePauw University's First Year Seminar on Writing about Music

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Hoe to debate music?

Ok, so like the rest of you, I have no idea what to write, but here goes. Debating music is like debating food. Everyone has a different opinion on what "good food" is and the same goes for music. There is no right or wrong about either.
One way to go about debating music and food is to look at the technical side. Do the spices blend well with the main ingrediant? Are the chords correct and placed in an appropriate place? The problem with this is, that many dishes and pieces are made correctly, but still do not satisfy the urge or hunger.
In my oppinion, the only way to debate the two, is to decide what is right for you personaly and stick to it. A food may tatse wnderful to someone else, and they can debate with you how each ingrediant works together, but doing so will not make you like the dish any more, maybe you will appreciate it more, but not like it. The same is true for music. If a piece is technically "correct" and yet you do not like it, no one can change that. Hearing why the piece is good will give you an understanding for why others like it, but hearing that side will not change you oppinion of whether or not it is "good".
All in all, there is no way to debate music or food. You must go with your gut and stick with your feelings. At the end of the debate you will be able to appreciate the other side more, but it will not change how you like or dislike a piece or a dish at a restaurant.


At 9/10/2006 7:08 PM, Blogger Renee said...

Hey Katherine,
So, first off... you might want to read over your blog before posting. You had a lot of mechanical errors ... typos and such. Anywho, other than that I like the way you presented your blog (using food lol) ... but I don't think (and opinions can differ) that music is not debatable. The definition to debate is to argue, talk about, or otherwise point out something about a subject. Anthing is debatable... including music!

At 9/10/2006 7:33 PM, Blogger Andrew said...

Using food was a good analogy, but you used it way to much. In your blog, had I not known anything about the assignment I would have been confused on whether you were making your point on food or music. Try using the analogy just at the beginning and end.

At 9/10/2006 7:34 PM, Blogger Becca said...

There are more things to debate in music than whether things are good or bad. "Good" and "bad" music are matters of opinion, not fact.

At 9/10/2006 8:49 PM, Blogger iheart-t-ravs said...

Kit Kat, next time do a spell check! ;) Anyways, I liked the food analogy, but don't make it so prevelent. I liked how you said to pick what works for you and stick to it-it's so true.

At 9/10/2006 11:07 PM, Blogger Mistuh Bond said...

"HOE" to debate music? Check that, I think. Music can't be deconstructed and debated on a technical level, but it sort of can.


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