Haven’t you ever wondered where some people get their musical tastes from? I mean, every song, every artist someone likes probably has a story behind why they like the song or artist. I know for me I found some of my favorite singers/bands by some incredibly interesting ways, and their music spoke to me for a number of reasons.
I remember when I was 16 and I heard U2 for the first time (well, the first time when I realized it was them) on the radio on the way back from camp meeting that summer. The song was “Lemon,” and it was playing on an alternative music station, back when alt stations actually played music that wouldn’t have classified as mainstream. But I heard the song, and I was hooked. Now they’re my favorite band.
But you wouldn’t think I was a U2 fan if you just looked at me, because music is something that is personal, something internal that can’t be seen on the outside. That’s one of the things about music, that it can bring people together who wouldn’t otherwise have anything in common. It’s like magic, but you don’t know what music someone else likes unless you ask them or they tell you. Today, around the water cooler, we talked about what our music says about us.
Me: I bet I can tell what kind of music you listen to?
Teddy: Try me.
Me: I’m thinking you have a sensitive spirit, so maybe… 1970s groove, like Marvin Gaye.
Teddy: Guess again. I like that sensitive spirit stuff though.
Me: Marilyn Manson?
Teddy: Not quite.
LeRoy: I liked me some Marilyn Manson back in the day.
Me: Why doesn’t that surprise me?
LeRoy: So what else do I like?
Me: I’m thinking… Coldplay.
LeRoy: Keep thinking. Although I am a child of the 90s.
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