Here is the Difference Between "Good" Music and "Cool" Music


The good/cool dynamic hits hardest when young bands outgrow their cuteness. I saw a group recently who was approximately two years beyond its former wunderkind status, and the crowd seemed disappointed in its lack of growth. At a certain point in any musician's career, you stop being rewarded for just being good, for just having the gall to go on tour and make albums. You have to push further, to justify your existence among all the other lifers. You have to find your cool.

Let us not hate on those who have yet to transcend from good to cool. Nobody should aim to stifle, and I hope that any potential negativity in my own opinions are seen as encouragements. I would hate for my personal taste to hinder another person's expression. I take no pleasure in thinking a musician is uncool, especially in the local community. Anybody who is out there trying deserves respect. Nobody sucks; some people are just good at what they do.

Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship.

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chrisward99
chrisward99 topcommenter

If peeing your pants is cool, I'm Miles Davis.

El Evans
El Evans

"These folks don't realize that part of RFT's role is to highlight the cool artists, not just the good ones. And no amount of Pop's ticket sales or Twitter followers can make a bad local nu-metal band cool." "I would hate for my personal taste to hinder another person's expression. I take no pleasure in thinking a musician is uncool, especially in the local community." Was this article written by two authors? Or just one that doesn't check himself.

justinlpoole
justinlpoole

"And no amount of Pop's ticket sales or Twitter followers can make a bad local nu-metal band cool."   Fuck Yes.

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