I recently read a chapter of a book in where a man describes his musical cultural background to be that of Western European classical music. And while he grew up with it, he has distaste for it. What’s more interesting is that this person was actually born in the 20th Century in London – which is certainly not the classical era of music.
This got me thinking, “can a person’s musical culture be that of what is not going around them,” and “is this culturally appropriate to say?”
For example: if you are Polish and were born to Polish parents, but spent your youth listening to music from Kenya, is this African music you cultural background?
For me, this is where it gets tough. While I cannot deny the individual with their personal experience to what they grew up listening to, it is difficult to define it as “cultural” because the definition refers to a group of people. Also, in this example, the listener is isolated from the culture of people that made the music.
On the other hand, music is a form of expression and communication used the share costumes across cultures. So there are arguments for either side.
Just thinking out loud.