Your taste in music
You tune in for Flash-Back weekend on the radio. Your friends listen to
head-banger Heavy Metal. Your online buddy listens to Brazilian music. You
haven’t quite figured out why your brother-in-law likes Country music; and
lest we not forget Grandpa and his Big Band era, old crony music.
There are as many genres of music as there are days of the year. There’s
an audience for every single type of music. The categories are as spread
out as the east is from the west. Someone is spending their paycheck from
McDonald’s buying the latest Rap CD and someone else just picked up a copy
of Madame Butterfly. Why is it that no matter what type of music is being
made, or has been around for decades upon decades, there are still
audiences to listen?
Identity. People listen and purchase particular genres of music because
they identify with it on some level. For some, it’s all about the lyrics.
Whether a sappy love song or a goofy Weird Al Yankovic’s original, the
listener feels the pain or is busting a gut laughing at the humor written
about in the song. Some genres are merely mood setters. Jazz, Classical,
Latin and Brazilian music all conjures up a certain romantic or relaxing
mood. Whereas if you’re getting ready to go on a date or go to work, pop
in some ‘pump up the volume’ jams, and do your best Risky Business
impression and let the music crank up your adrenalin.
Each different genre serves a very specific sensory purpose. Sometimes
it’s merely background music so that you can study or think about
important matters. Other times it’s to reminisce about a lost love.
There’s a reason you joined Columbia and BMG music club so you could order
every single cassette tape available by that artist and then play them
over and over. Your aunt loves to listen to the Kingston Trio because it
reminds her of the days back in Chicago when she was growing up; to a time
of a much simpler lifestyle.
Come on, admit it, every time you hear Shannon’s ‘Let the Music Play’ it
puts you back to 1985. You remember all the fun (and trouble) you got into
and for three minutes you escape to your happy place. You remember being
in the military hospital listening to Barry Manilow. You are sporting gray
hair and a Friar Tuck hair doo, yet you still love listening to AC/DC and
Skynard. Why? Because those where the best years of your life – listening
to those guys on your walkman.
We like the music; but more so we like what it means to us. We like the
memories it awakens. So the next time you look at someone and ponder how
in the world they could listen to THAT? Don’t focus on the noise, but
rather, know the listener has an appreciation for it because of something
much deeper – the emotions it brings with it.
Your taste in music
(with permission from ArticleGoRound)
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