I’ve always had a taste in music that hovers somewhere out over “left field”. As far back as my teens, hanging out with one of my friends after school she would always bluntly ask “what are you subjecting us to today”? Fast forward to present day, the question I get asked most by Mrs Megamalist is “what is this”?
Perhaps I am being a purposefully difficult music snob?
Usually when I get asked “what music do you listen to”, the answer defaults to whatever I happened to be listening to that morning. “20th century Russian composers, progressive metal with an emphasis on atmospheric soundscapes and oh – I’m also really into Tina Turner at the moment”. It’s often enough to put an end to the conversation. Usually the enquirer quickly changes the subject or on occasion, simply turns around and walks away.
I recently stumbled upon an article which reported the findings of a survey that was conducted by one of the major players in the music streaming business. Essentially the results pointed to the age people reached “music paralysis” – when they stopped actively looking for and listening to new music. That age is around 30.
Whiplash-inducing musical taste
I seem to have been relegated to the small subset of people to whom the findings do not necessarily apply. While I do find comfort and familiarity in 90’s alternative rock – the music of my youth – the idea of listening to music from this era for the rest of my life is enough to spark a panic induced cold sweat. Ergo my whiplash-inducing tastes.
You are not me, though, and I think it’s fair to accept that by the time you reach your 30’s, the real world has worn you down somewhat and you’re just too exhausted to bother with something seemingly as trivial as music. Investing what little free time you have available into challenging your tastes is not really high on the priority list.
The task is really not as difficult as you might believe.
Access to music is easier than it has ever been thanks to the internet. Video sites and streaming apps put the power of millions of songs in the compact device you carry around in your hand. And if you’re completely lost in terms of the starting point of discovery, why don’t you simply ask the person sitting next to you what their favourite band is and give that a go? Alternatively, start with Tina Turner… She is “simply the best”!
“Anyone who stops learning is old” – Henry Ford
“Paralysis”, whether musical or not, is never a good thing. Listening to something new with an open mind every once in a while is all it takes to keep you young. And who knows – maybe you’ll find your new favourite band in the process!
So, what are you listening to? Help me cling to my youth in the comment section below!