Thursday, July 14, 2011

Eclectic Taste is Wonderful, Isn't it?

These girly-girls vs. something like Dio? Psh, yeah right. 






Laugh all you want, but for the last week or so I've been totally absorbed in a pop group called 소녀시대, or in English, Girls' Generation. My listening habits with the group keep on getting stronger because of how catchy and addicting their music is. As a fellow Last.fm'er put it: "They're so sugary and completely addictive after the first listen." I estimate I've racked up 300+ plays from these girls in the past week based on what my Last.fm says and from what I didn't allow to be transferred to my profile. Because of that, there's been a slight drop off in metal blogging, but you can rest assured that my interest in our sacred music is as strong as ever.

At one point in my life, the majority of what I listened to was metal and hard rock. Nowadays, I'm much more open-minded and have heard pretty much everything that metal has to offer in one way or another, so it's tough for me to play metal all day and not want to put on something from another genre. There's too much good music out there to be close-minded and life is just too short to stay within the confines of metal and hard rock. Pop, jazz, blues, orchestral music, etc.....you'll regularly find it mixed in with the music that we all know and love on my Last.fm charts. I view my growing eclectic taste as a wonderful thing.

My last listening session consisted of a mix of NWoBHM band Hell, prog metallers Fates Warning, jazz extraordinaire Miles Davis, and the always catchy 소녀시대. Pretty  awesome, if you ask me. Sure, two of the bands are metal, but they differ subgenrewise. Then you have a dab of jazz and a smattering of pop from South Korea. It's as good of a playlist as I've ever mashed up because the enjoyment factor was extremely high. 

In all seriousness, though, if all you listen to is metal and hard rock, you should get out there and seek out more of what the musical world has to offer. Toss your metal albums back on the shelf for a couple of minutes and putz around cyberspace for a new genre to try out. If you don't like what you're sampling, no worries. It never hurts to try and you're a better person because of it.  

-TMA

2 comments:

  1. I won't hold it against you. I've never claimed to be exclusively metal but largely stick to hard rock and am not exactly vocal about the breaks I'll take for uncharacteristic detours like Sade, Billy Joe Shaver or volume after volume of Bill Evans. That said, I doubt any serious musician would immerse themselves in only one genre or style and I think it makes you a better listener to branch out from time to time. As Neil Young said "there is no 'best' in music" - if it moves you, it's all good.

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  2. Thing is though, with me, it isn't a break. I've been going in other directions for a while now. It's weird. But somehow I always come back to metal and hard rock.

    You are right though, most musicians probably dabble in different genres. I don't see any reason why not to. They pull influence from all over the place.

    P.S. Good quote!

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