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Music appreciation

Posted: October 14, 2014 5:13 p.m.
Updated: October 15, 2014 1:00 a.m.

My taste in music is pretty diverse. I seriously listen to every genre. However, I do have my favorites as I am sure many people do, and I have found that my preference for some genres are restricted to certain decades.

For example, I love ’80s pop, ’60s and ’70s rock, alternative folk and R&B, as well as ’90s pop, rock, a bit of rap, trip-hop (Sneaker Pimps is a trip-hop group) and R&B.

Music from past decades has had such a major impact on me that I was inspired to purchase records. I do not even own a record player, but because I love anything that can give me the slightest feeling of being a part of those decades, I felt compelled to purchase those records, and I will eventually purchase a record player to further experience that feeling.

There is just something so genuine and uplifting about music from past decades. Maybe it is because past music is different from current music. Unfortunately and fortunately, times change and music always changes along with it, which I guess serves as a form of evolution … I guess. I would only associate some current music that I hear today with progress to a small degree. Technology and mediums for hearing music have evolved. Content, on the other hand, is another story.

Some current songs and genres are pretty meaningful, and by meaningful I mean mentally stimulating in a way that provokes deep thought and emotion, but I suppose every decade has had its nonsense music. It just seems like there is much more nonsense music today.

I am down with crude songs as long as they have meaning. Some crude songs expose the cruel realities of the world (those songs that give it to listeners straight), while some have no real purpose (expose feelings on a subject that really should be kept private). Since the beginning of time, the world has witnessed tragedy and cruelty on several levels, so it isn’t like people are not familiar with and should be shielded from getting information about such things. Such subjects that were viewed as immoral and/or unspeakable are more explored and sung about in today’s music and depending on point of it (if it is meaningful), I can appreciate that (kind of) and I will admit that I have been guilty of listening to and liking some of it myself, but I always have to draw the line somewhere; at some point. So much current music seems to be petty, materialistic, superficial and uncomfortably raw and so much of it is so popular.

Hearing a song about how much money someone is making, how many cars he or she has or how much is in his or her bank account is not interesting or meaningful to me. All that person is doing is bragging, which I think it is tacky and I wonder how anyone with a brain can stand so much of such nonsense.

Sadly, most friends that I have had throughout my life rarely understood my taste in music, so I never really had anyone to “rock out” with. I clearly remember a time when I was listening to Joni Mitchell and a friend asking me in a not so pleased tone, “What is this?!” I told her that it was good music. She, of course, said that it wasn’t.

Anyone is free to get wrapped up in whatever kind of music they choose, but it is kind of sad to think about what music has become. It almost seems like a regression in a way, which is why I am so proud to like my music choices. My music taste sets me apart from a lot of people of my generation, and a lot of it gives me a glimpse into history and teaches me to appreciate some privileges that people fought for then that are available to me now.

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