Why An Eclectic Taste In Music Is Actually A Great Thing

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“So, what type of music do you like to listen to?” The random person across from me asks as an ice breaker to a conversation. “Oh, a little of everything.” They laugh, “yeah, but what do you ACTUALLY listen to.” This is a typical answer to my reply I give to almost everyone. Sometimes they want to know in depth what I listen to, which I happily name off artists from every genre known to man.

Somehow people don’t believe that you can actually have an eclectic taste in music. It is like we have to choose a genre and stick with it. OK, you can listen to country, but you are a pop girl, right? WRONG. I have more than one personality, and that also means I have more taste than just vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry (not saying those are bad though).  Yes, I do have genres I might listen to more, but it only depends on the mood or phase I am going through.

I wear my music on my emotions. Isn’t that how the saying goes?

The thing is it is a good thing to have an eclectic taste in music. Usually (not always) the people who genuinely listen to a variety of tunes are engaging, thoughtful, and intelligent people. All the different chords, melodies, rhythms; the more you listen to the more you open up your mind to new things. This indeed does translate outside of music.

Saying you like country usually makes someone put you into a stereotype. Down the line, we associated actual personalities with music likes (and it is not 100% off). Music isn’t JUST rhythms. It is different cultures and ideas that you are listening to along with that catchy beat. I have found opening up my mind to new genres has helped me expand in more areas of my life.

Think about this for a second. You hate blues music with a passion. Why do you hate it? Have you actually listened or have you just decided within a few seconds that you wouldn’t like it because it isn’t the music you listen to? Did you give it a chance? If you didn’t then you probably don’t give other things in life a chance just because ‘you know it is not for you.’ I get it! I do the same thing sometimes.

Don’t close yourself off without giving something a try; in music and in life. You might find some new love you never realized you needed. I recently fell in love with blues music and have come to see it really helps me relax after the stresses of the day. If I had never given it a chance, I could possibly still be stressed out over something silly that happened weeks ago. A bonus; you have more variety of people to talk with about things (new friends is never a bad thing).


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