Re: Is your taste in music eclectic?
posted at 2/27/2013 5:18 PM EST
In response to devildavid's comment:
A post on the Muse thread got me thinking about this regarding my own taste in music. I always considered my taste eclectic yet there are certain types of music that just don't appeal to me. Yoga is big on the music of the 90's but for some reason that decade did not click with me. I think of it as the time when what I refer to as "college music" was at its popular peak. Others may know it as "alt" or 'indie" or whatever. I always thought of it as music geared toward mostly white college kids. I think this music tended to be too serious in tone and too ironic for my personal taste.
Now, back to the topic. I still think my taste is eclectic even though I seem to blank out most of the 90's (sorry Yoga).
I think the 90's slowly brought an end to my prime period in life to experiment and try out new musical sounds. I always though I would keep up with the latest music, but that didn't come to pass. Don't know if that is the fault of aging or the types of music that came out. That makes me wonder if my taste is still truly eclectic or if I have been frozen into a limited choice of music that entertains me. I still think of my taste as eclectic, but it may not measure up to some others that post here, such as Matty and Zilla.
Just a few things per the 1990's music -- you're putting lots of focus on the early part of that decade, when the (backlash to the 80's) grunge style became popular and was cultivated. I can understand your connecting that music with that era, b/c it was a hallmark for sure (and I am not the expert ... there are others on the forum that can speak with more expertise and more eloquently), and yes, it was a burgeoning decade for some great indie / alt music, too. But it was so MUCH MORE, too. I discovered Alison Krauss, and I also discovered Celtic music, and was a fervent fan during that time frame. I also discovered one of my favorite artists with the most enduring talent I can ever imagine, the breathtaking Loreena McKennitt. I owe so much to what I discovered in that decade, and yes, I am still discovering from it. Thanks to discussions here, and Matty's recommendation, I also am now a fan of the Jayhawks, who are a decidedly folkie Americana band. So all this to say, I get what you mean, but I honestly would not have the taste I have today, without that decade. It's very eclectic, more than you may realize.
Also, don't be comparing yourself to Zilla or Matty or anyone else .... these are not ordinary music fans, or maybe they are the true definition of a fan which is a fanATIC. :) JE, Hfx, and others are not slouches, either.
Also, I thought you'd like a little aside re: Grunge and clothes fashion. As you know, grunge music was a backlash to all of the flash and glitz of the 1980's, and that included the way the rockers dressed ... WAY down. As it happened, grunge fashion became very chic and en vogue, but not as a backlash, but more as a real fashion statement, b/c pop culture factors into fashion, and sets the standard (so to speak) for what will become popular in mainstream circles. So overall, it was ironic that the "anti-fashion statement" that the bands were making, became popularized in the mainstream, with some of the super models making a huge amount of $$$ helping to market it, of course. GREAT decade. :)