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What our taste in music says about us. Or “why I tended not to mention my appreciation of country music in my old online matchsite profiles.”

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11 Responses to Linkluster: Penumbral Eclipses in the 17th Century

  1. Samson J. says:

    What our taste in music says about us.

    That link doesn’t say much.

    For years I have had the personal theory that it’s equally telling when a person say “Oh, I like *every* type of music.” This either means that the person doesn’t actually like any music enough to commit to a genre, or that the person does have a favourite genre but is too cowardly to say what it is.

  2. Brandon Berg says:

    What our taste in music says about us.

    What? “Swinging on a Star” is “music for romance?”

  3. trumwill says:

    That link doesn’t say much.

    I suppose not. That musical taste is revealing is interesting, though not entirely surprising.

    For years I have had the personal theory that it’s equally telling when a person say “Oh, I like *every* type of music.” This either means that the person doesn’t actually like any music enough to commit to a genre, or that the person does have a favourite genre but is too cowardly to say what it is.

    I’m afraid I can’t really commit to a single genre. But I can name three or four.

    What irks me is not the “every type of music” people, but “every type of music but country” people. Because African bongo drums is sophisticated. Appreciation of country music is for hicks.

  4. Samson J. says:

    I’m afraid I can’t really commit to a single genre. But I can name three or four.

    I can name three or four that I prefer and listen to almost exclusively, too.* I think a broadening does come with maturity. But as someone whose teenage years were dominated by the love of music, I can’t believe anyone *really* loves music if they don’t have a *really favourite* style.

    *Heavy metal, classical, folk/world, FWIW.

  5. A4 says:


    What irks me is not the “every type of music” people, but “every type of music but country” people

    That remindes me to listen to Robbie Fulks today!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKdVQUEExgU&feature=related
    Thanks for the reminder.

    Interesting that music conversations are so meaningful. Maybe because if you talk about music you actually have to talk about something, which shows an awareness, and, dare I say, passion, about the world outside yourself? Maybe because you can’t fake it as easily on that topic?

    I like at least something from many genres, does that mean I don’t really like music? I don’t think so. Might mean I’m shallow, though.

    A4

  6. Abel Keogh says:

    More and more authors are abandoning publishers and going the self-pubbed route. Even if they aren’t finding the success of the author in that article, most are finding more financial success than they would if they had gone the traditional route. I love it.

  7. trumwill says:

    Samson, I can’t actually get it down to the point of near-exclusivity. My best friend growing up is a true music guy and introduced me to a lot of different kinds of stuff. In some cases, though, my interest in a particular genre is extremely limited.

    I was thinking about it yesterday, and I can actually narrow my favorite down to two or three: non-contemporary country (outlaw country, red dirt, country rock), post-grunge adult alternative (Matchbox Twenty, Ben Folds), and maybe I add a third for novelty alternative (TMBG and BNL).

    I am bereft of a succinct answer that most will understand. So, depending on who I am talking to, I am likely to just rattle off some musicians.

  8. trumwill says:

    A4, I’ve never heard that song. Awesome.

    I do attribute the fact that I like a little bit from a lot of genres to be indicative of the fact that I am not a real music person. My friend studied it for years. My wife took a college course in classic rock. Such things would never occur to me. For me, music is just storytelling with rhyming and rhythm, for the most part.

  9. trumwill says:

    Abel,

    It’s looking more and more like that’s the route I am going to go.

  10. ScarletKnight says:

    @Samson J

    I have found that clicking on a link from bakadesuyo is a waste of time.

  11. trumwill says:

    Knight! Good to see you again, m’man!

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