Avoiding extremes

Posted on: 8th June, 2015

Category: Music

Contributor: Mark Holland

Hunky Dory in Clonakilty stocks a huge range of instruments, accessories, CDs and vinyl. Contact Mark on 023 8834982 or pop in to have a listen.

LOVE/HATE — two extreme emotions, but is anyone going to pen a successful TV drama called LIKE/DISLIKE. It is probably more acceptable to have stronger emotions about less significant things (like marmite and cricket) than it is about things that effect how we live; here we need to be more reasonable, compromise, give a little, take a little. That’s part of the joy of indulging an interest, particularly for men, who can be less emotionally expressive than women, getting emotionally involved in something that is of no actual consequence. When I go to a game I like to leave it all out there, hellfire and brimstone, and when it is over it’s over.

Judgement is something that I believe we over-indulge in too, and I don’t know why, it’s bloody exhausting! Some things plain and simply don’t require our approval or disapproval, so why bother? They are fine as they are. I think I’m a little bit unusual when it comes to enjoyment of the ‘arts’, and I use the word liberally, referring to film and music more specifically than to the highfalutin stuff. I don’t necessarily make a distinction between what I like and what I think is good, and I’m probably letting myself down here really. There is some music that I like, made for radio singles for example, that I know is awful rubbish altogether but I just like them, and there is other music that I know is good, well crafted, original, of social significance even, that I just couldn’t be bothered with. The same with films. I can appreciate a good film that I would put on my ‘to shred’ pile, and I would not disclose to most people some of my favourite comfort movies in case they might watch them and come back to me with an appraisal/judgement (there is something gutting about someone else dismissing something that I like, it almost lessens its value to me – but then again I am quite gullible). That may all sound a bit like the maxim ‘art is personal’ but I think it’s actually the opposite in that I know that a lot of the stuff I love isn’t very good, but that is the joy of being emotionally engaged with things that are of no consequence, and using rationale for important things.

Like the Eurovision Song Contest for example. No it’s not important, but feel free to get emotional about it, I ******’ hate it, but I love the fact that it takes place. What an incredible waste of resources. The time, effort and materials put in to this gargantuan event could be put to far greater effect for a worthy cause, but they wouldn’t would they? As a seed tray for talent some of the music is worse than crap, its nauseating (and that’s personal), but it does usually throw up one or two good songs, one or two even get played on radio subsequently, and it is a major international event, and I usually watch a bit of it too, to scoff and tut. As they said in the biopic, ‘Private Parts’, about controversial American radio dj Howard Stern – highly recommended by the way (I’m going to regret that) – listeners that don’t like him listen for longer periods than listeners that do, because they’ve just got to hear what he is going to say next.

Extremes are to be avoided and reserved for unimportant things. The way forward lies in the middle ground, consensus, give a little take a little.  Ireland was out of the competition on the day, but we had a lot more to celebrate than that. Well done Ireland, take a bow. Nothing is perfect but we should try to do our best for a little harmony. A brave step forward takes courage and we have shown the world that we are up for it. Well done everyone!

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