I had someone here in my studio a couple of years ago and happened to mention to him that one of my favourite songs to listen to when I was in my 20’s was ‘Bed of Roses’ by Bon Jovi. I recall him being quite horrified to the extent that he said he was surprised that I liked this kind of music! To be honest I was a bit gob smacked and later felt quite indignant! Who on earth was he to question my taste in music? Who on earth would ever question anyone’s taste in music unless they had insecurities about their own likes and dislikes. Just becasue I’m a piano teacher doesn’t mean I’m only ‘allowed’ to like classical music. I love classical music too but isn’t it crazy the way we can sometimes judge according to our own world view of things. Our own paradigm of the way things ‘should’ be and what people ‘should’ like. When people say things like this we can sometimes end up second guessing ourselves. Well, guess what. You are allowed to like whatever music you choose to like. If you were waiting for someone to give you permission to do so than please consider this email as confirmation that you are allowed to like whatever you want to like.
Don’t let anyone tell you what you must listen to. Don’t let anyone put you in a box and impose boundaries on how you express yourself musically. Don’t let anyone to cause you to second guess your own musical taste. If you like something. THAT’S OK!!! The person judging you is really the one at fault. Why they even feel the need to question what you might like and not like is just a little bit mind boggling anyway.
Be unashamed and proud of your own musical taste. Don’t let them push you around and massage you into a version of what their own world view is.
Get rid of the ‘shoulds’. Live your very own musical smorgasboard each day if that’s what you choose to do.
Stay on track don’t let other people’s thoughts, comments, judgements and insecurities in their own selves let you stray from what you know to be true for you.