Finding myself in unexpected places

I just got into the Google Music Beta (despite being a loyal iPhone user). I immediately opened Shazam, brought up TunesPro and downloaded all the songs I’d been putting off adding to my music library. (Note: If you don’t know what TunesPro is, do yourself a favor and go check it out!) While I was getting myself digitally updated and organized, I came to the realization that I’m in a very different place than I was even 5 years ago as far as the music I’m into. I knew my musical tastes had changed, but I hadn’t really ever thought much about it until today.

I think most of us start out listening to the music our parents listen to, mostly because we have little choice in the matter. My Dad was a fan of Joni Mitchell and my Mom listened to Fleetwood Mac, Madonna, Mariah Carey and a few others. Very early on, I became a HUGE fan of both The Police and Sting. I had “10 Summoner’s Tales” on cassette and I wore it out. I still love almost everything he’s written. I also went through Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Dionne Warwick, Ace of Base, The Cranberries and REM.

The first rock album I ever bought was Collective Soul. I bought it simply for the song “World I Know” and I was hooked. I’ll be the first to agree that they’re “starter rock” and that’s exactly the purpose they served for me. For a long time, I was a “song fan” rather than an “artist fan”. I liked “Welcome To Paradise”, “Basket Case” and “When I Come Around” by Green Day, and I recognized that it was the same band, but I was very much a radio listener.

One day in 2001, I realized that about 6 of my favorite songs EVER were by the Foo Fighters. That pretty much catapulted me from “radio listener” to “artist fan” and I started seeking out albums instead of individual songs.

I got into hard rock and some metal (Stone Temple Pilots, Sevendust, Korn, Mudvayne, Breaking Benjamin, 40 Below Summer) because I was heavily involved in the local music scene in Jacksonville and that was the genre that most of the decent bands were playing. I love live music and got to see some really great shows.

Here’s one of my new playlists today in Google Music.

Young Blood – The Naked And Famous
No You Girls – Franz Ferdinand
Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand
You Are A Tourist – Death Cab for Cutie
Starlight – Muse
Changing – The Airborne Toxic Event
Under Cover of Darkness – The Strokes
Ride – Cary Brothers
Pumped Up Kicks – Foster The People
Helena Beat – Foster The People
Bleed American – Jimmy Eat World
New Low – Middle Class Rut
Sing – My Chemical Romance
My Body – Young The Giant

Honorable Mention:

Fireflies – Owl City
The Moment – Atomic Tom
Say Hey – Michael Franti & The Spearheads
Animal – Neon Trees
Sweet Disposition – The Temper Trap
Typical – Mute Math
Trinity – Paper Tongues

If you had told me back in 2003 that I would be listening to Death Cab for Cutie and The Strokes, I would have looked at you like you were nuts! I find it an interesting shift for just a few years. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the Foos (planning on seeing them in concert on this tour) and I still have days where I have to blast some angry rock music. But I don’t have nearly as much of it on my iPhone today as I had on my first iPod.

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