Most people casually offered the choice of liquor or a chocolate milkshake, will likely reach for the shake and gluck it back; broccoli or fries, fries; stairs or elevator, elevator; etc..
Music offered for listening: Classical or Classic Rock; Jazz or Smooth Jazz; Western or Country… you get the point.
Because we are somewhat robotic when it comes to the constant bombarding influence of marketing, we will usually choose the path of least resistance. I mean, let’s face it, the milkshake does go down SOMEWHAT more easily than a fine scotch. We are talking acquired taste vs no effort gratification.
It is important to me that my music gets a fair “shake”. I choose to believe that GOOD music is GOOD music (regardless of genre) and will appeal to a certain percentage of listeners regardless of demographics.
I feel, the depth, sincerity and presentation of the musical offering itself will at some point in the process create the positive edge for acceptance. It’s kind of like sweeping in front of a rock in the sport of Curling- it could be crucial…
I love jazz: listening, composing, playing, talking about… but I grew up loving The Who, Beatles, Yardbirds, Beachboys etc; I honour my influences and acknowledge my mentors 100%- that’s how I connect with my audience and fuel my passion!
Listener Counsel: Keep your ears infinitely open for new aural experiences while enjoying whatever genre you came up on; be your own “bandwagon” JUST LISTEN!
Student Counsel: Stay true to your roots as you grow; recognize where you come from! You’ll have a better chance of getting your musical point across and winning your audience over.
“Be true to YOUR school”- Brian Wilson