Loyal reader, you’ll have to indulge me for a moment here. I am going to talk a bit about my three-year-old son, who is a giant music fan, but I will get to a larger point than just bragging on my boy.
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Yesterday, I was at the market with my son and he was carrying the iPhone and listening to some tunes. One of the cashiers (who regularly sees me and my son in the store) asked him what he was listening to. He answered, “The Creeping Ivies” (his selection, by the way…he doesn’t need any help finding and selecting music on the iPhone).
The cashier said, “You have the most diverse music tastes. I love it.”
You wouldn’t just eat potatoes at a buffet, would you?
And it’s true. He really does have diverse musical tastes and there is no doubt that is something he inherited from his old man. The thing is, most people settle into a certain kind of music. Or more to the point, they never go beyond the music that they liked when they were in high school. That works for a lot of people. I for one, can’t really see the point. Say for instance that classic rock is all you listen to. There is nothing wrong with classic rock. However, if you ask me, listening to classic rock exclusively is a bit like going to a buffet and eating only potatoes. Sure, potatoes are familiar, and they can be prepared in a variety of ways. But think about it. You’re at a buffet. You see all this food on the tables that you ignore so you can load up on that familiar item.
That’s part of the reason we’re here. We’re here to point you to the items on the buffet that you may not ordinarily indulge in. If you read this blog for just one week, you will be introduced to bands from at least six different genres, and possibly seven depending on our pick of the week.
So, as I wrap up this monthly blog challenge in a couple days, I also want to challenge you to step outside of what you normally listen to and find some new bands and new styles. Don’t know where to start? Try Bandcamp, Soundcloud, ReverbNation. Start with baby steps. Go to one of those sites and search for whatever kind of music you normally listen to. The great thing is that one band can lead you to another band. Go ahead. Embrace the buffet that is music. You might be pleasantly surprised at the bands and genres you start to like.