The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #77728   Message #1389405
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
26-Jan-05 - 04:13 PM
Thread Name: What is wrong with being a purist?
Subject: RE: What is wrong with being a purist?
Let me share a small story that occurs as I read this thread. When I was an undergraduate I lived for a few semesters in a dormatory. My roommate came in and apologized for having to play an album of "modern music" for a music class she was taking. I hadn't been aware that I was so rigid in my listening that she needed to apologize, but I also thought it was very funny that what she played was an Emerson Lake and Palmer version of Copeland's "Rodeo." When I told her what it was and pulled out my own copy of it for her to listen to, she was quite surprised, and ended up with some extra brownie points in class the next day for being the only student in class to know this.

I was glad to help her, but I was so struck by her almost fear of my listening discipline and the feeling that she needed to apologize in advance for somehow offending my ear that after that I made a point of not listening so much to the old tried and true, and paying more attention to what was new around me. I didn't lose the old music, but I gained a lot with the new.