I’m a total hipster.
Yes, I said it. I believe that the music that is not mainstream is superior to all of the rest, especially the “top 40” or radio station music.
I grew up in a home where I was expected to be a certain way; to fit into the girly, domestic, stereotypical southern woman mold that my mother and two older sisters happened to fit in. Somewhere early on, I came to the realization that I would never be what my parents wanted me to be, so I began to make choices regarding interests, clothing, and musical taste that were contrary to everything my family was. I had to break out of this mold and cultivate my own persona. A guy I dated in high school introduced me to “indie” music and I began to solely listen to that. I was launched into hipster mode, constantly searching for the “underground” music..music that wasn’t consumed by my family and others in the mainstream. I had a certain pride in listening to music that people had never heard of; I was superior to them… if they simply listened to the ‘top 40’ music, they were squares..formulating their tastes based on what culture told them to listen to as opposed to going out and seeking their own music. There was such an unoriginality there that I hated, that I pushed away from. I hated the shiny ideals of what mainstream culture told me to do.
4 years down the line, my elitest view of music hasn’t changed much. Yet, there are still millions of people out there who still stick to the “top 40” music category. All sorts of people; including some of my friends. I believe they are subconsciously drawn to this music because, well, it’s comfortable. It fits into their clean cut box- along with their Ralph Lauren polo shirts, khaki shorts, and docksider shoes. I realize that this view sounds incredibly biased, and I’m majorly stereotyping here. My bitterness toward the “mainstream” is bleeding out here, but when I look at those who solely listen to the top 40 category of music, I see those who are unwilling to make their own decisions. The people they are surrounded by seem to all listen to the same things, and they don’t want to branch out. What it comes down to, I believe, is the old phrase “you are who you hang out with.” Those who listen to that type of music and wear those kinds of clothes probably fit me into a category of hipsters, where we all wear and listen to the same thing. After all, hipster is the new mainstream.