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This week’s topic: Genres of Music
I almost didn’t do a post this week because I’m not what you’d call a music lover. As I recently explained to my brother (who IS very much a music lover), I don’t hate music. I’m just extremely selective about what I do like and when I like it. The truth is, I prefer quiet to any noise, good or bad. I went though a phase where I was trying really hard to be like all the other teens and I “liked” rap, pop, etc. But the truth was, I just tolerated it. It was a lot of noise more than music for me. I’m not someone who leaves the TV on or listens to music while I work. I’m amazed that I love audio books so much, because they are noisy. I would be perfectly happy to sit in a silent house or outside on an abandoned beach all day, pretty much every day and never turn on a TV or radio.
Ok, so all that being said – I do like some music. There’s not much being done nowadays (at least mainstream that I’m familiar with) that I like. What can I say, I’m a bit old fashioned and I don’t really like the way so many artists today hide behind technology. One of the few artists I enjoy today is Adele. I love her voice and many of her songs are sung with such emotion that they give me little chills. Another modern artist I like is Katy Perry. I think that’s just as much because I like WHO she is as what she sings. I love that she writes a lot of her own songs and I think she’s a pretty raw talent. And the fact that her upbringing isn’t too dissimilar to my own probably makes me like her a lot. A final modern like is “Same Love” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. I don’t know any of their other music actually and I think that my love of that song is about the political message they’re sending more than necessarily the song itself. I do like it, but it’s not my typical style. I like it when singers (or anyone in a public position like that) uses their medium to DO something, so I respect that.
All the above are modern likes. But to get to what I LOVE, we’ve got to go back in time to the 70s. I think I owe this 100% to my dad, who is a HUGE music lover and raised me on 70s albums – but 70s R&B will ALWAYS be welcome in my home. Yep, it’s the one thing I will break my silence rule for pretty much all the time. And I would really like to get a record player so I could get some record albums. I think the sound that comes out of record is so much prettier and purer than a CD or digital recording. I love Marvin Gaye, Al Green, the Temptations, Billy Paul, Michael Jackson (of course!), the Jackson Five, Roberta Flack, Barry White, Earth Wind & Fire, and well I think you get the idea. The real smooth, soulful R&B of the 70s is my sweet spot. I’m actually thinking it’s time to turn some on right now – just thinking of all these favorites has me itching to listen to them!
So what’s your favorite genres of music?