play the music low

Disclaimer: You will probably not find this post interesting. I usually refrain from publishing thoughts. So enjoy.

I am not a professional music critic. Just a regular one. And while going through decades of music while updating a new computer, I've realized how I have too much fervor about music.
When people ask me what kind of music I listen to, I usually say "everything", just like 90% of the world's population. In all honesty, I don't think I've ever heard anyone say that they listen to country exclusively, or that they really just love metal. I think it should be hard to narrow it down to one genre, because only losers listen to just one type of music (Again, I have strong feelings about these things.). But I literally listen to everything. All the time. I have country from my parents, rap and R&B from growing up in South Florida, dance music from living in/traveling around Europe, and Reggae from living on an island. And I really like all of them. I like alternative music that's lesser known, and I like mainstream stuff that is overplayed to the point of irritation. Yeah, that's right, I listen to mainstream stuff. I think a lot of people think that to have good taste in music you have to turn up your nose at mainstream garbage, but you don't. I don't think it is necessarily the most creative form of music--Brittney Spears got the idea of her newest song off of a Hollister Shirt and tried to dress/act like Lady Gaga--but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy it.....once in a while.
My most listened to bands are bands that clearly put a lot of time/thought into writing their lyrics. They include, but are not limited to, Jack's Mannequin, Sherwood, Owl City, and Anberlin. All of which have different styles of music, but are the same in the quality of their work (in my opinion, obviously). I frequently use their songs as the titles of my blog entries. I take the song that has been playing most repetitively-either on my ipod or in my head-and try to choose a good line or phrase. I have to try to not put too much thought into it otherwise I get really caught up in choosing those few words so much that it brings me stress. It's not always that the words are so profound or representative of my life/feelings or anything. It's more that words really can be art, and sometimes they are.
One of my favorite events that occur in my musical world is when bands I love get big. It's happened a couple times--Basshunter went from being low budget and humorously pathetic to only medium levels of scoff-ability (that is probably not a real word). Then dear old Jonas Erik Altberg decided to switch to English and have skanky girls take their clothes off and moved up a few levels of fame. Owl City was a one man band started in his parent's basement due to insomnia that grew to having the number one selling song on iTunes. I remember mocking my sister for changing her facebook status to these half-baked lyrics of a mediocre skinny guy. Then he got better and I got more tolerant and Y-100 picked up Fireflies and now he's famous and professing his love for Taylor Swift.
As I go through my favorites, I'm starting to see some patterns. Primarily, I like bands with good harmonies and real feelings, like Jacks' Mannequin, Sherwood, and Maroon 5. Then there's techno (Owl City and D.Guetta), especially foreign techno like Basshunter and Edward Maya. Then there's my ghetto playlist, for when I feel like being in high school again. Lil' Wayne, Young Jeezy, T-Pain, etc. And the rest is just music that I like that are odd assortments of things I've heard on the radio/on a movie/heard someone singing.
Most of my 'foreign' music is European. But I do have some room in my heart for Spanish, especially when it includes techno like Panamericano. This music video reminds me that I lied about liking everything. I HATE music from previous decades. Some 80's is okay, 70's gets a little annoying, but anything before that makes me want to stick pins in my eyes. Honestly. I have a friend that I love to death but when he turns on his 50's playlist I am sorely tempted to jump out the window of the moving car and die. Because that would be better. Sorry, Grandma. 90's music is completely acceptable. Partially because I grew up in the 90's, so I can't hate on it, but particularly because I think that was when a lot of genuinely GOOD music was written. Maybe not artistically, but the music is so upbeat and not annoying (in most cases). My favorites are Spin Doctors, Blues Traveler, Gin Blossoms, and Sister Hazel.
I love my music. I love getting other people hooked on my music. I love listening to it and dancing to it and singing obnoxiously (especially girly music when I'm around my teenage brother). And that's about everything you never wanted to know about my feelings towards music.

[Title from Rhythm of Love by Plain White T's]

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