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August 21, 2009

Music Interests

Why are all of my music posts about the 80s? Am I living in the past, trying to re-live my childhood?

No, that's not it. And I do have to admit that a lot of 80s music is pretty bad, though I love more of it than my wife does. But I know you've been wondering. Why doesn't Dave write about today's music? Just what does Dave think of the music that's popular right now? I know this is a question that's been eating you up inside ever since I began this blog. And if I believe that, then there's also a bridge somewhere that you can sell me too, right?

So what do I think of today's music?

It's mostly over-processed, annoyingly arranged dross performed by artists whose voices I can't stand.

And those are the good ones.

Ok, let me explain that. Every time I turn on a popular radio station (whether it's on the actual radio, or perhaps even on Internet radio), the music just sounds horrible. It's either overly loud, the singer has an annoying voice, the lyrics are banal and irritating, or it's Nickelback (sorry, couldn't resist). I know this isn't the case, but it just seems like they're all either American Idol rejects or winners.

Yes, I know there is good stuff out there. I've actually heard some good songs. But I'm not going to spend the time sifting through all of the crap that's out there to find a few jewels. It's not worth the effort. I'm not sure what happened to me, as I used to be a fan of some of the artists that I now can't stand. Believe it or not, I used to actually like Mariah Carey, and that was even before seeing her reveal more and more of herself in her videos. But now? Irritating.

But I've decided something, almost as I'm writing this. It's a quiet summer at work for the most part, with everybody being out of town, very few meetings and not a lot of stuff to do that's not on the computer or in my office. So while I'm working, I'm going to give a "popular" music internet station a try and see if it's just that I haven't given the music much of a chance. Maybe I've just been really unlucky by hitting the crap every time I try a station for a bit? We'll see over the next couple of weeks.

So what kind of music do I like? I do like a lot of 80s stuff, though I can tolerate listening to the stations because even most of the crap is actually fairly inoffensive.

I'm really big into Celtic and New Age music. I used to spend way too much money at Borders buying CDs, sometimes without even hearing them first. I almost always liked them.

I also really like Blues and Jazz, though I don't listen to them as much as I might like. Sometimes I go to bed with a station playing one of these types of music.

But Popular? Eh. It all sounds the same to me.


  1. A couple of years ago, during the CBC strike, the only thing I could stand listening to was the local Country station. Try it!

  2. Believe it or not, I actually did listen to country for a couple years in the 90s. Haven't been able to get into the new stuff, but maybe I'll give it a try. :)

    I've had the same luck with country stations as I have with pop: every time I tune in, the songs just don't appeal to me. But I haven't really given them more than a couple of songs to hook me.

  3. I spend most of my radio time listening to the stations that play Billy Joel, Elton John and the like. They play current stuff too but it's all calmer stuff that I don't mind my kids hearing. Then every now and then I flip to the popular stations.

    I don't think I have just one type of music I prefer. I'll listen to anything and everything. It's easier to list what I won't listen to. Hard core rap (I like some of the calmer softer stuff) and religious. I'll listen to most anything else.

    I think what I listen to greatly depends on my mood too. That's why pandora is so awesome. I can mold a station for every mood.

  4. Sounds like a good plan! Yeah, I can pretty much listen to anything other than rap, heavy metal and the like. It makes it easier to go places where there's music, because I can enjoy pretty much anything in the right atmosphere.

    Wouldn't have guessed you were a Billy Joel and Elton John fan, though. :)


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