15 November 2011

Random Topic Tuesday

Today’s topic: describe your taste in music.

This question often comes up in small talk on first dates while trying to avoid awkward silence, “What kind of music do you listen to?” and the most common response, “I listen to a little bit of everything.” I can say that this answer is not true for me. I know it makes me sound like a heap of fun but I don't even really like music all that much. I never listen to the radio except when forced to by my sisters while in the car and I might be the only person who doesn't have an I-pod. I find it more work to constantly shift through stations to find something that I can tolerate than it's worth. Don't get me wrong, I get why people like/love music. It’s amazing what words and instruments can do. Music can provoke feelings you thought all those years of therapy had buried for good. When I hear a good song it makes me feel good. I generally like music with a story that reflects emotion. Call me an unenthusiastic, melodramatic 15 year old but I like a lot of 90's grunge. Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam... it all gets me in the mood to head-bang and set shit on fire. I like some oldies, most of them about relationships. Upbeat jazzy music like good ol' Frank Sinatra always gets my toes tapping. R&B can be good, mostly songs about love. I'm not down with rap, frankly because rappers are glorified thugs and I don't relate to shooting people or selling drugs. Tupac did have a few hits that I liked because he sent a message of change in some of his songs and his poetry is actually pretty decent. In the DC area there is by far the worst genre of music I have ever heard. It's called Go-go and it's ear piercing. Worse than nails on a chalkboard. It's a band of people shouting repetitive lyrics and banging on trashcans. It's archaic and primitive. Luckily it's not mainstream and for good reason. I don’t usually like pop music but I admit sometimes the beats can be catchy and there is a time and place for it. It just seems like most  music is mindless jibber jabber about materialistic things and sex. So there, I don't listen to everything. I'm not trying to sound like a music snob or deep and soulful person by any means but this is how I feel. I do respect other people's taste (or at least silently judge them) and I'm sure if I had to compose a song it would be terrible. I just don't understand how some artists are so popular and  really aren't talented at all.

What kind of music moves you?

4 Thoughts :

Shannon November 15, 2011 at 7:58 PM  

My husband & I have the complete opposite taste in music. I like poppy stuff that makes me want to bop my head and shake my booty. My husband prefers obscure bands that I have never heard of.

When we are in the car together, we listen to big band music (jazz) because that's the one thing we agree on. Our daughter is going to hate that soon enough, I fear. :)

Marjorie November 15, 2011 at 8:31 PM  

I hate country and hard rock. I like pop and hip hop. I tend to like mainstream music, like top 100 (I know boring).

Kristin November 16, 2011 at 12:14 AM  

I like anything with a beat that I can dance to. Hate techno though and heavy metal with loud screaming. I love oldies, my parents were huge Beatles fans and passed it on to me. Also like pop music but I am from Seattle and also remember the good old grunge era Nirvana, etc :)

marie November 16, 2011 at 9:58 AM  

I had to laugh out loud at your 'silently judging' comment, funny. I have to say I do love top 40, but we don't listen to it because the message is definitely something I don't want my kids catching on to. As far as his music (not personal life) I have to say Chris Brown is uber talented. Yeahx3 is my current favorite along with Next to you featuring Justin Beiber.