Darin Lammers/Kyle Dykema – Columnists
Darin: Okay Kyle, let’s just hit the ground running this week. GO!
Kyle slams his hands down on the table unceremoniously.
Kyle: So… here we go. Today, there are a lot of different ways to find music. Essentially, there’s endless amounts of it available to all of us through the internet. However, most of us are content with just taking in whatever we hear over the radio. Now, before you think ‘I’m going to start attacking all of you who love pop music because it is somehow inferior to whatever else there is,’ hang on; that’s not the endgame here. I’m not going to tell you what music to like. What I do think is important is to understand what you like and why you like it. If your only source of music is the radio, then you need to understand that your palate of music is being funneled down quite a bit by people who want your money. And if you actually like the music, it’s cool! But knowledge is power. I’m scared this is sounding preachy. Darin, rescue me.
Darin: Here I come to save the daaaaaay! See, there’s so much music out there, but I think it’s really important to be confident in what you like. In other words, like it because you like it. But, in regards to what Kyle is talking about, I think it’s really important to know why you like the music you listen to, and in addition, like it individualistically. It’s important to be an individual. Enjoying something that’s popular isn’t inherently a bad thing, but I want people to like it because they themselves enjoy it, not because a mass of others like it or because you’ve been pressured into liking it. Now this isn’t always easy, and as a person who’s been pressured to like certain music, I speak from experience. And in case no one has ever told you, it’s okay to not like something that others like. There are movies that are ‘critically acclaimed’ that I don’t like, and there’s music that a lot of people like that I simply don’t enjoy. And I’m okay with that! But I do encourage people to explore their options and consume intelligently. Kyle, save me before I talk more about myself.
Kyle: Man…we really should just shut up soon. There is way too much serious boooorrrriiinngg talk up here. Are we done with the hugging and learning? Where’s the jokes, man?
Darin: I have a joke.
Kyle: OOH! OOH! Tell it, please!
Darin: Why did the watch go to the doctor?
Darin: Because his TICKER wasn’t working! You know, like, how some people call a heart a ticker?
Kyle: Yeah! THEY DO! THEY DO! HAHAHA.
Kyle and Darin walk out of the room arm in arm, laughing ardently.
Caleb: I don’t get it.