Someone called me this the other day and it just about broke my heart.
I can't even begin to describe it. Music has always been a part of my life - since I can remember. I started out on the piano at 4 and have played since. My profession is even completely surrounded by this one thing - music.
But all music. Just because I primarily record in one industry doesn't mean my Spotify playlists aren't flooded with everything from Sonic Youth to Bob Marley; U2 and Toto to B.B. King; Tchaikovsky and Monteverdi to Walk the Moon. I mean - I'm a recording engineer and not even a fidelity snob! Elitist? Brutal.
So I get really pumped about music. It moves me in a way I can't quite explain. A friend of mine once said when he walks around he hears music - almost always. Like he has his own personal sound track all the time. Hearing music when the weather changes. I absolutely connected with that.
Now, I know not everyone connects with music like this. I get it. Just like there are artists that connect with strokes of a brush that I struggle to feel. BUT, that doesn't mean I want them to contain their energy - enthusiasm for something that brings them such great emotion. I know what that feels like and would never begrudge them the opportunity to reveal that connection to me.
There are so many great things about the culture of music and how it effects societies - creates communities, that I can't help but crave introducing people to the art. I want them to have a great experience - hear though my ears - feel it like I do or even better - create their own experience!
I guess, if that makes me an elitist. So be it. My apologies for my enthusiasm. I'd contain it, but I simply can't.