I heard it again this weekend “It all sounds the same”. This time it was a symphony conductor regarding Turn of the Century (1900) ballads.
It’s one of those things that has ALWAYS driven me nuts.
I’ve heard it about Rap Music, Symphonies, Classical Music in general, Opera, Rock, Jazz, Anime, Disney, Rembrandt, Norman Rockwell, Jackson Pollock, Shakespeare, Reality TV and Orange Juice.
I’ve also heard it about Racial, Cultural, Gender and Age stereotypes…they all look/act/think/are the same.
When we consciously or unconsciously, choose to diminish a type of art or a group of people, we don’t diminish them as much as we diminish ourselves. We lose the opportunity to enjoy the art or to be enriched by the people.
Some of the art styles I’ve listed above are NOT my personal favorites (don’t try to guess, you’ll probably be wrong) but they all have value, they all seek to express the human condition and connect to an audience in a way that is authentic and real.
When we make blanket statements about art styles, we show our own ignorance and stubborn unwillingness to look (or feel) outside our comfort zones.
Take another look at the art you don’t like…it’s trying to teach you something too. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so is ugly.