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08 July 2013

My Own Personal Hater

I don't know if anyone visiting here takes the time to read the comments (I don't even know if anyone visiting here reads this?) or not, but now, half way through my journey around the world I have picked up my own personal hater.


He goes by the moniker Hammer, but the .jpeg is labeled amplescrew? Whichever? He thinks that I have been less than respectful of the music of the Middle East because of his own hatred of all things Western (i.e. US). But instead of educating me as to my ignorance of Arabic music & offering samples, examples, or any positive input like others have all along the way so far, he just uses vile language, sexist & racist (yeah, I said rascist Sir Hammer, not racial) slurs, insults toward myself, my culture, & my efforts (which are my personal thoughts & work, since, after all, this is a blog), but worse than that, against his own Arabic brothers & sisters (the things he has written about musicians personal lives, heritage, sexual preferences are so off-putting that I chose only to post the very least offensive, which was less that 1/10th of the repulsive comments he made).

He thinks that much of the music I have posted for the Middle East has been drivel or as he calls it "sleezefest (his spelling, not mine) pop" Some of it is, because that represents the vast bulk of musical output in some of the countries. I said before that because of sexual bias against women in many Muslim nations I would post up women musicians whenever possible. If they are mass produced pop pablum, that is not my doing, but the result of cultural factors.

The BUSINE$$ of music in much of the Arab world is the driving force behind the production of a vast majority of the output, just as in America, rap & "sleazefest pop" are big BUSINE$$.

But I would gladly post up better music from any country, the best from any country, but I have to know what that is. I don't gain that knowledge by someone who doesn't even know me calling me "stupid", telling me to "get a day job", telling me to "f*# a camel", or any other rude stereotypical generalization.

There is interesting, phenomenal music throughout the Middle East, but there is also oppression of musical freedom, religious & gender bigotry, & rigid dictatorial dogma that only wounds the soul of music. To enjoy some fantastic Arabic music (IMHO), onward to Bahrain & adios Senior Hammerhater. It's been less than real.



12 comments:

  1. When you started this project I thought it was going to be 'punk and heavy metal around the world' (oh, Scandinavia) but was delighted when the genres changed and you featured female artists. For the past six years I've been trying to discover what creative female artists are up to in each nation of the world. It's hard work (throughout the world men dominate the music industry) but so far I've found noteworthy examples from 80% of the countries. Small island nations make up most of the omissions, but the other significant gap is the Middle East where generic pop seems to be all that's available on the internet for many Arabic countries. That's probably not the case if you know where to look, speak the language, and join private forums but readily available music from women in places like Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi and UAE is rare to find. I've been grateful for your recent posts of female artists from some of those countries, even if the music has been over-produced and westernised. At least it's been a chance to hear something of what's going on. So, yes please, let Hammer enlighten us and point the way to the musical riches of the area. Appreciating music from different cultures is an effective way to develop respect for those cultures and this journey of yours has done a lot of good in that regard.

    vox

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  2. I'm enjoying your posts from around the world even if some of it doesn't really appeal to me personally. Obviously not everyone is going to like everything on here. It takes a lot of effort to do this. Keep up the good work buddy, and know that a lot of us appreciate it. Thanks!

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    1. Thanks for the comment. I am well aware that everything I post on this journey will not appeal to everyone. The idea is to show the diversity combined with the artistry that goes into making music in various countries & cultures. The idea was not to start arguments on the merits of my choices but to glean something from the music of various creative individuals. All along the way there have been many behind the scenes (I do not post comment or links from other if they ask me not to, I respect their privacy) folks who have given suggestions both positive & negative about my choices or suggesting other choices. Many have written suggesting ideas for countries that I have not posted yet, which I try to look in to & have changed what I was going to post to better reflect what I have learned.

      As I said before, this has been a great learning experience for me. I like to think that I am quite aware of the current historical events that go on around the globe, but I can't know everything. I surely can't know things as first hand as people who live in the particular areas.

      My own personal hater is the first person in over half way through the countries of this world of ours that has acted with such vehemence & vitriol. I have received many un-posted comments from this individual that are so hatred fill toward anyone not espousing his particular ideology. Anyone half aware of the world situation around us at this time is aware of these dangerous individuals: physically & mortally dangerous to others; dangerous to themselves; dangerous to the very idea of freedom & free thinking. I understand the anger & bitterness against America from many around the world. Much of it we deserve, but to judge an individual (myself) from a place of anger toward a government & its policy is wrong. I am not those policies & if one knew me, would know that I am diametrically opposed to those policies.

      Well, I'm getting carried away here so I'll wrap this up. I am trying to show the diversity as well as the unity of all peoples on our Mother Terra through the outpourings of her music makers. That's about all.

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  3. Ah, Hammer...his blog is here http://theaudiotopia.blogspot.com/ and has tons of great music on it with equal amounts of information. He pops up now and again with these angry comments. Clearly an obsessive bloke, but it takes all types.

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    1. You know, I had visited his blog many times & thought he had an incredible selection of music & fantastically detailed information. & he has been blogging for a while so I thought he was probably aware of the vast realm of viewpoints out here. As you say, it takes all types, that being the basic underlying premise. I was just surprised by his anger & blasphemous language & overall fascist ideology. But I guess you were aware of his angry rants so I should have been more aware & less astonished. Thanks for the comment & information.

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    2. WHOA! Handle that lunatic with care. The Hammer is one of the main people responsible for the takedown of the HolyWarbles blog. He showed up at HolyWarbles with HUGE opinions, and when Warbles didn't treat Hammer with respect to Hammer's position as "the world's greatest expert on music" Hammer lost his shit. Hammer said it was about Western Cultural Imperialism, the moral wrongs of filesharing blogs, etc etc but in the end anyone could see it was all VERY PERSONAL. Even after Holy Warbles was closed Hammer showed up at other blogs who lamented the closing of HW. Other bloggers that Hammer has on his blogroll were not allowed to post a "wow, sorry to see Warbles gone" without Hammer throwing his opinion on top. After Gary from BodegaPop blog wrote an "obituary" piece about HolyWarbles Hammer showed up in the comments section with some really exceptional nasty commentary. You've got a nice blog here, don't let Hammer drag you down too.

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    3. I have tried to be more respectful of Hammer's opinions than I really needed to be considering the venomous language & attitude he showed me. I am simply trying to post some music from every country around the world to show that there is music everywhere. I don't think it has really ever been done before & I am just trying to have my own little piece of feeling some accomplishment. Of course I don't personally own music from every country, nor am I by any means an expert about any music, for that matter. I am simply a fan & lover of most all music. The choices I make I don't expect to be loved or even liked by everyone. To each her or his own. However, with out any justification or proof other than paranoia, Hammer accused me of posting an impolite comment on his blog, though I never posted any comments there until after the accusation. Then only to say exactly that. If I have issues with someones blog or ideology of their blog, then I just don't visit them or listen to their musical offerings. I have stopped going on several blogs that I felt were fascistic in their musical taste. I would never tell them what or what not to post, that is their business, their freedom of choice. The whole idea of blogging is a 'web log' of a bloggers personal choice. I have no agenda here other than music as aural pleasure. Thank you for your informative comments & the nice things you said & the concern you have shown for this blog.

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  4. Clearly you are a western cultural imperialist - I mean what a twat you must be to be sharing music from all around the world in the hope of bringing something new to people and opening their minds. Instead of feeding them Ted Nugent who is just a bit too obvious nowadays.

    Surprised the NSA or CIA or a black ops crew havent tried to employ you to destroy the empowerment of all the dispossessed around the world. In fact now I think about it they must have already! to bring such a nefarious scheme in to play, probably the jews too have a hand in it.

    In fact I noticed your Israel post was 23 words longer than the one from Kuwait - thank christ I now understand it is a western imperialist zionist indoctrination plot to bring the sleezefest of Vagif Azizovich Mustafa-zadeh to decadent homosexual ears. Gay Ears now theirs a good name for a band. Of course though they must be chopped off as soon as the new reich of spiritual purity arrives.

    (hopefully it is not too soon to be this sarcastic - just proves there are fucking morons everywhere, i love that new breed of keyboard warriors - odd though you are still on his blogroll)

    great project you are doing here - so thanks for all the interesting music you are bringing to a wider audience (and bring on the sleezefest I say)

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  5. Man, you figured my agenda out already. 23 words HAHAHA!!!
    I am thralled by Sathan Sothin' to bring about the Final Sleezefest!!!

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  6. Carry on with your great blog and don't let one hater drag you down. It's apparent that your agenda for sharing great music of the world flies directly against his oppressive views. Who cares? Let him rot in whatever afterlife his religion/culture offers.

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    1. Thank you so much for this wonderful comment. Sometimes I am just too close to these things personally to be succinct in my remarks. Your elegant words are exactly what I would have wished to say. Once more, tank you so much.

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