Hmm, this is a hard question for someone like me @SueC
. Like @Dragoon
I like deep menís voices, but I also like women singers, maybe I even favor them. Like @knightrider
I like popular music and connect with my girls over it, and Iím not much a fan of most heavy metal. Other than that I like a lot of different types of things. When I worked in town my boss said she liked how my music had such a variety.
I am about lyrics more than the instrumental. I love good lyrics.
I love good lyrics too! I like music that I can think about, that I can laugh about, cry about, that will teach me something, inspire me to do things - not necessarily all at once!
And generally, this means the lyrics have to be up to scratch.
I am definitely repelled by poorly written lyrics, or by gutter language (one thing too commonly found in rap - not that I want to paint it all with the same brush), or by obvious dysfunction in love songs (a good example of that is the otherwise beautiful Cranberries song Linger
- but the lyrics make me wince), or by destructive and negative attitudes. And I think all these things repel me in real life as well, not just in music.
A caveat though. Let's take the famous f-word. If people use it like punctuation, or as a sort of universal adjective, I find that repulsive - not to mention unimaginative. I want to give them a Thesaurus and say, "Why don't you expand your vocabulary a little!" But if it's only occasionally used, to really make a point, then that affects me differently - such as Ben Folds Five using it for a single instance in Song For The Dumped
("Well, **** you too!") but it actually conveys meaning there, and heat, and a bit of comedy.
And while we're at it, isn't it interesting that our vilest swear words that are most intended to offend are all related to body functions? ...digestion or reproduction...
I had a rule in my classroom - find a creative word to use when you need an outlet. The one I used was barnacle
. "Oh, barnacle
!" And the students made up their own (although they were also welcome to use barnacle
, since I don't have the copyright for that particular use
). So there were things floating around like, "Holy banana!" or "Pernickety pineapple!" One that everybody liked, and I can't remember where it came from, was "Grrreat Hopping Haggis!" (in a Scottish accent) - as an exclamation of surprise.
This provides an outlet, and improves the vocabulary, and makes people laugh. I also gave them all a copy of the Shakespeare Insult Kit, so nobody would call anybody else an i'diot: Shakespeare Insult Kit
I've always found it interesting that many people seem to have "rules" for themselves about what music they will like or listen to. "Oh I don't like...(genre)." Especially I've noticed this in people who use reasoning like what @knightrider
mentioned above, in regards to politics and such. They often have narrow rules for what type of music fits in with their belief system. I'm not talking about something with vulgar lyrics you don't appreciate, but rather about the sound and rhythm of the music.
Yeah, if people have rigid and narrow identities, they tend to have rigid and narrow tastes. It's the same with food - I once dated a man who refused to eat the sushi I had made because he hated Japanese people. All
And then there's, "I'm not eating this foreign
With music and with food, I think it's good to keep sampling widely and to stay open-minded, but I think it's also fine to develop personal preferences from that, and to mostly choose what appeals to you the most. What's less ideal is when people are narrow from the beginning, and refuse to even try music and food from other cultures etc, especially if it's on some sort of principle, for them.
Brett is always saying to me, "Life is too short, and there are too many excellent books, to be reading mediocre books, or books you don't like." I agree with that - and it holds for any sort of art for me. I think it's like food though - a diverse diet is healthier than a narrow one - so I think we do choose what we like best, but from a diversity of genres etc. I do exclude some genres - I think life is too short to read Mills&Boon (formula romance), and I'd still think that if my life span was a thousand years.
I think there are personal reasons, both physiological and psychological, that certain sounds can repel us, and others attract us. If you've got PTSD, then you might find the general heavy metal sound triggering - or you might find it therapeutic - or none of the above. Responses are so individual. I think it's fine to say, "I like.." and "I don't like..." and anything in between, but not to say "I don't like it, therefore
Are some things objectively rubbish, others objectively brilliant? Well, yes, according to lists of criteria used to evaluate things for assessment - but on the other hand, a lot of it can also be quite subjective.
That was a funny story about Japan!
And that Adele mock-up!
Thank you for the laughs! Brings back a lot of the little songs that Weird Al Yankovic did. Remember this one?
You might have to be of a certain age
to really find this one funny...
, I noticed you like Celtic music - want to pick us a play list of five things from that genre you really enjoy? Pretty please with cherries on top!
, I'll get back to you, and I know I've also got something floating in my head about something @horseluvr2524
said about some literature, which will fit nicely into this general discussion...
But meanwhile, I need to get back to outdoors work!
Hope you're all having a nice night.