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26 March 2005 @ 10:33 am
Music Taste  
So how do you describe your music taste? I've always had problems with that, and with saying what my favourite band is. It depends on things like my mood, but not in a defined "if I'm grumpy it must be x" way. On Orkut I listed several bands as favourites (Marillion, Porcupine Tree, Rage Against the Machine, System of a Down, Linkin Park, Tracy Chapman, Sarah McLachlan) which probably covers most of the individual bands I like best, but leaves out a couple of genres of music that I like because I don't have a particular band that I'm into - there's nothing Indie there, and there's no 80s either (of the stereotypical Wham/Duran Duran sort of 80s) and no soft rock either (though I do try to keep my Bon Jovi habit to myself ;) ).

In some ways you could say that what I like is "not weird shit" - I like some jazz, but not really the Miles Davis stuff that J buys; I like rock/prog/indie, but not really The Mars Volta; I like female singer-songwriter stuff, but not really Björk; I like classical music, but not really anything modern. But then I'd hesitate to say that what I like is 'mainstream', because, well, there's all that pappy, manufactured-band shit that is the current definition of 'mainstream' and I like music. I used to say I liked stuff I could sing - which catches quite a lot, as to be able to sing along it must have a tune that makes sense (I sing along with non-voice stuff too - quite a lot of Bach and Handel falls into my definition of singable). But I don't think that necessarily conveys the proper image to other people, even though it's mostly true, and anyway it still includes things that I don't really like.
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Current Music: Marillion "Anorak in the UK, Live"
contents under pressure / handle with care: music laingraphxgrrl on March 26th, 2005 10:37 am (UTC)
I think I sort of understand what you're saying.

I enjoy music that I feel like I'm interacting with on some level. Is it causing a reaction in me other than just a perception that it's just more noise (no negative connotation to the use of the word "noise")?

I am too sleepy to properly articulate what I'm trying to say. ;)
Onyxonyx_uk on March 26th, 2005 10:46 am (UTC)
I generally I describe my tastes as very diverse. I do not really like defining what I like by genres since I believe that can mean you can miss out on some excellent music. Although generally I would define my favourite sort of genres as metal, rock, jazz, and classical. I can never answer the questions of what my favourite band is or even give a list since I generally just go for the songs/music I like to hear and not who plays them. In reality, I can listen to just about anything, from sitting listening to chart music to listening to something like Shostakovitch or death metal.
Armadillofluffyarmadillo on March 26th, 2005 12:11 pm (UTC)
Eclectic is always my answer
The Bride of the First Housebride on March 26th, 2005 08:29 pm (UTC)
Mostly classical and classical opera, some contemporary classical, some easy listening/love ballads.