Friday, August 12, 2011

Growing Into Your Music

I can't believe how many different styles of music I've listened to throughout my life. This came to mind when The Tragically Hip's Courage came on the radio. As a Canadian I have to love The Tragically Hip, as a young adult I really do love them. However, if you would have asked me whether I liked them 10 years ago as a high school student I would have probably said no.

High School is where I really discovered music as something that represented who I am, who I would become. That's not to say that music is the only thing that defines me, but I am a firm believer that you can tell a lot about a person based on the music they do - or don't - listen to!

As a child I listened to what my parents listened to; golden oldies, soft rock, some classic rock. Thanks to them, I know all the words to (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay by Otis Redding.

As a pre-teen I listened to the bubblegum pop groups; Backstreet Boys (who I saw in concert 3 times!), Spice Girls, The Moffats, Hanson, the list goes on.

Once I got into my teens I started listening to more complicated music where the lyrics actually mattered and the music wasn't over-produced. I listened to a lot of Green Day (Dookie, Nimrod, and Insomniac especially), Goo Goo Dolls were also frequently playing in my CD Walkman. I'd say though, that my favourite band in that era of my life was Our Lady Peace. My two favourite albums of theirs were and always will be Clumsy and Happiness...Is Not A Fish You Can Catch. These two CDs were permanent residents in my stereo or Walkman.

I stuck to the alternative style throughout most of high school but I also listened to whatever my friends were listening to; country, classic rock, even some christian rock. I enjoyed their music but never really identified to it the way they did - how angsty of me.

After high school I stuck with alternative but went into a different direction with it. I was finished with the angsty, anti-authority music that Green Day and co. had to offer; I moved toward a more mellow branch in the alternative world. I've pretty much stuck with this style although I really do listen to a bit of everything these days. My favourite artists from this genre are, without a doubt, Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson and Ben Harper.

I'm sure that as I continue to grow up my tastes will change at least a few more times. I'll listen to less pop/hip hop and more soft rock, I'll forget the lyrics to songs that I related to so well as a teen. Who knows, maybe I'll start listening to heavy metal...not likely.

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