I like to think that I’m able to appreciate all genres of music. From classical to country to rhythmic african beats. All sounds are music. Whether it’s considered good or bad is completely up to the listener.
It’s important to me that a group or artist are sincere with their music. I don’t like autotune (I bet most of you don’t), because it’s as if you’re attempting to disguise a bad basis wihtout truly improving it. Something that started out as bad doesn’t get better if you make it worse by adding more bad elements to it.
When I was in 6th grade in elementary school, I began feeling out of place (still do, at times). I didn’t have much in common with my peers. For example, I didn’t like their taste in music (think in the direction the early days of Rihanna); not that I refused to listen to their music, because I did. In various occasions, such as birthday parties, different social gatherings and school proms, I didn’t mind listening. But it was their music, not mine, and I wasn’t enjoying it.
I like classical music, because many pieces engage your inner emotions, not necessarily by words, but with melodies, sudden or natural pauses, etc. I’ve preferred instrumental music from a very early age, probably due to me playing the piano since I was six years old. I played the guitar for about two years when I was around 14, but stopped when I began high school due to a lack of motivation. Deeply regret that.
I don’t dislike the use of vocals. On the contrary, I like artists with strong voices that can properly carry a note. I find it impressive, especially since I myself can’t sing for the life of me. Eliminate the artists, both female and male, with squeaky voices, and I’m content.
Lyrics! Equally as important as the vocals. If it’s nonsense, it has to truly make no sense. Go all gibberish, make up words, à la The Sims. If I can’t hear what you’re singing about, I don’t like it, because I can’t hear you. If I disagree with what you’re singing about, I don’t like it either, because I don’t want to support you. Simple.
So I like music that sets the mood, that alters the atmosphere (for better or worse). I don’t worship a specific genre, groups or artists because of their image or their message. I try to look away from the artists’ appearance or looks, because I think it’s distracting from the music. Let the music speak for itself, as cheesy as it sounds .I am no music expert. I am merely trying to sort my opinions and taste regarding music.
I like to think that happiness is when you know what you want and like, and being able to satisfy your wants according to what you like… Hm, I need to work on my phrasings. (I’ve never been good with words.)
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