Random Thoughts About Music

Music is so meaningful - it is not only a piece of the artist, it is a piece of the producer and the listener as well. As with any piece of art, a track means a million things to a million different people. One of the reasons I love Samantha Ronson is she doesn't openly tell people what each song was inspired by. I watched 'Chasing The Reds Episode One' on Youtube and gained so much admiration for Ronson. She said that she didn't want her songs to mean to her listeners only what they meant for her, and I thought that was so deep; she is genuine and it shows in her music. She doesn't just give listeners a track or a set, she gives them a little piece of her soul, the essence of who she is, and I respect that.

I love a bit of everything, as long as the artist has something to say, as opposed to just being greedy for attention or money. I am learning to mix music, and consequently have been introduced to styles of music that I otherwise would never have given the time of the day: Reggae, country, 80s, R&B - all things I wouldn't have become acquainted with if I didn't open my mind, and I'm glad that I did.

I really like jazz - I was about eighteen or nineteen when I was first dragged to a jazz bar in the city. I was pleasantly surprised; the passion exuded by jazz musicians is unlike anything else. I got infected with a love of jazz that night, and it hasn't abated any. Try listening to Duke Ellington's 'Take the 'A' Train' or Count Basie's 'Splanky' and not smiling. Shirley Bassey, Ella Fitzgerald, Dean Martin, Louis Prima, Louis Armstrong - all pretty damn addictive. Listening to their music puts me into a tranquil and almost euphoric state; I mean, how can you listen to that and not smile?

I also enjoy classical music. I was taught to play piano as a child and so became acquainted with classical music from a very early age. My parents, also, are very fond of Classical music and so I had the advantage; I think by about age seven I knew more about classical music than most people learn in the duration of their lives, and I'm glad. My favourite composers are Tchaikovsky, Liszt and Mozart. 

I am a 90s child and it shows, sometimes embarrassingly, in my music collection. Think Alanis Morrisette, No Doubt, Metallica, Green Day, The Whitlams, Powderfinger, Silverchair, Hole, Nirvana, The Verve, Oasis, Placebo, blink 182, MXPX and the like. Somewhere, there is a Spice Girls CD; like most 90s teens / tweens, I remember the Spice Girls phenomenon pretty well, and - embarrassingly - got swept up in it like everyone else. I loved quirkier songs, think King Missile's 'Detachable Penis', Harvey Danger's 'Flag Pole Sitter', the Dandy Warhol's 'Heroin is so Passe' and 'Bohemian Like You'.

I have such eclectic taste in music now - there really is a little bit of everything in my collection. I always try to listen to different varieties of music because that is the way that you discover new "soul mates" in tracks that you otherwise might have overlooked.
ISawIDreamed ISawIDreamed
26-30, F
Jan 13, 2013