People hating on Irish music and how to deal with them.
Ok so I guess we’ve all got some degree of experience with people hating and scoffing at Irish music on the grounds of "It all sounds the same to me", "It’s the same stuff over and over again", and so forth.
But I’ve just come out of a discussion that went on for two days straight and ended this morning with this person (who’s only into classical music, and not even most of it), and took it to a whole new level of annoyance and arsery. Starting from "I can’t possibly appreciate something so low, there’s less than nothing to be understood", he ended up dissectioning Irish tunes, writing them down on sheet, to demonstrate how they are musically worthless, defining Irish tunes as "micro-variations of the same, simple pattern that causes ITMs to be fooled into believing a tune actually flows through very different phrases". His conclusion, supposedly: "I’m sure you’re smarter than that, young man".
What’s the purpose of this?! Fact is, even if Irish tunes were to be unanimously considered horrifyingly repetitive and idioticly simple: do they NEED to be anything more than that? To me, someone who actually feels the need to destroy traditional music through scientific method is somebody who virtually cannot enjoy music at its most basic levels. I think people like this have completely lost contact with what the enjoyment of music, and in particular of an upbeat, stupid melody, is all about, sort of exactly through their superior musical education which has made them barren. They might break you down and win the debate because of their "superior" academic knowledge, while you’re left utterly disarmed in front of someone who is clearly in the wrong… but you know they’re heartbreakingly wrong. I had to go punch a wall.