Do You Think You’ve Already Forged Your Lifelong Taste in Music?

This is the first writing prompt I would like to tackle. The question is posed in the title. Before we get started, I would encourage you to ponder this topic yourself. If you wish to follow up, you can in the comments! If you would like, write your own response on your own blog. If you do, send it to me and I’ll check it out!

As for me, I think the answer is a yes. Up until my college years, I have always been open to trying new music. If you intercepted my iPod back around 2012, you would find Classic Rock, Heavy Metal, Deathcore, Techno, Dubstep, Rap, Country, I mean the list just goes on!

I think a lot of my musical taste got forged by my parents. I wonder if most of our music tastes were forged the same way. Both of my parents listened to Classic Rock. We’re talking the quintessential rock bands like Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Van Halen, AC/DC, Fleetwood Mac, you know the story from there. If it played on the classic rock station, that’s what my parents would listen to. My mom tended to stay in the classic rock but she would branch off into bluegrass and folk music.

As for Dad, he would mostly opt for classic rock as well. He would also flip it over to the modern rock station (around 2000) and we would get to listen to Stone Temple Pilots, Korn, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie. Sometimes, Dad would change it depending on the song and topic because I was still a young kid but he knew I liked the hard and heavy rock too like Metallica.

Both of my parents also liked 80s/90s country and in order to get me to go to sleep as a child, they would tell me that I would want to watch music videos on CMT.

As I got older, the video games I played, like Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and ATV Offroad Fury would introduce me to the bands that carried me through my teenage years like Slipknot, Deftones, Lamb of God, and Mastodon. This is just to name a few of them.

Shoot, all the way up to my teenage years, I would even listen to the most popular music of most genres, I liked a little bit of everything. At my core, though, I am a rocker.

When my wife bought her Jeep last year, she got SiriusXM as part of her deal. So, I went and checked out some of the newer music on the pop stations, the new rock station, the new rap station, and etc. None of the newer songs really clicked for me. Maybe 1 out of 10 I would enjoy and want to add to my Spotify list, but that was about it.

I just think of the teenagers today. They are probably enjoying the top 40 of various genres. I would not be surprised if they came back years later to the same stations and have similar views as myself.

It’s almost as if musical taste is a cycle.

In order not to become completely jaded, I will always keep my ears open and have an open mind. However, I think my musical taste is set in stone. I have a list of about 6 or 7 stations on SiriusXM I can go to for whatever I’m feeling. Most of my music library are songs I enjoyed when I was younger. To be honest, I’m completely fine with it. In fact, I am exploring my favorite bands and their catalogs more and seeing if I can find some diamonds in the rough.

That’s my answer, what do you think?

Have a great day!

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