|I find the Music Forum really difficult to penetrate for a couple reasons. |
First, I feel like it's not an interpretive forum in the way that Film, Comics, even Books are. The discussions in those fora seem to be based on back and forth about what something means to them and also what it means from the point of view of the creator. The Music Forum tends to be "I like Joe Music Guy, who else likes them?" followed by some backslapping about how great Joe Music Guy is. Then the thread eventually dies. It's not a discussion of what Joe Music Guy is trying to say with his Joe Music.
Second, music discussion tends to bring some severely snobbish opinions to the table. I am certainly a total (and somewhat proud) snob about what I think is good and what is bad. On Barbelith, where opinions seem to be particularly strong, this snobbish gets heightened often. At least, that's my perception of something that happens throughout the Music Forum.
Third, on a completely personal level, my tastes in music seem to clash with most of the people who post in that particular forum. I'd love to participate more, but I rarely feel like I have something to say on music that is discussed.
However, I am really interested in doing whatever I can to improve that forum as music is easily one of the most important things to me, as an avid listener and as a budding artist.
I felt really good that the topic I recently posted regarding Music Appreciation generated so many intensely thoughtful replies. So many that I have been unable to reply to 90% of it! I feel bad that I posted it right when work got super busy and now I haven't been able to join in the discussion. It's certainly an area of music discussion that is important to me.
Perhaps a way to wake the Music Forum up is to discuss more abstract thoughts like this instead of very specific discussion of particular bands and artists?
I would also be interested in perhaps some "mp3 essays" where someone posts something they find to be interesting in a very extreme way and see what happens with people's reactions...