I Like My Music LOUD

MaxellGot in the Civic yesterday afternoon to get my haircut.  As I backed out of the driveway, a sudden urge hit me to click on my iPod (connected to our car stereo by a Monster).  Of course, when I play music, and I’m alone in the car,I play it rather loud.

So I soon began to wonder if this is typical.  Do you play your music loudly?  Do you play it as loudly as you did years ago?

And, I suppose I should ask this: do you still listen to the same music as:

  • when you were in high school?
  • when you were in college?
  • any previous period of your life?
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One thought on “I Like My Music LOUD

  1. When I was a youngster, my parents (and most adults I knew) listened only to the music of their youth, and I wondered if this was somehow necessary — just the ‘way things are.’ But one of my neighbor-friends’ mom listened to currently popular music — that is, listened to the same stuff we did, for the most part. And I thought this was so cool. And I promised myself that as I got older I would not get stuck in the trap of listening only to the music of my youth. I grew up listening to the rock and roll of the 70’s — Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Bob Seger, Peter Frampton — and so I was horrified when, as a young adult in the 1980s, virtually all the rock stations became “classic rock” stations. And so you couldn’t stay current with rock and roll even if you wanted to (at least not by listening to commercial radio)! Those were dark days. And when Nirvana’s “Nevermind” was released — and was successful — I was in, well, nirvana again.

    My tastes are still “current,” but not as much rock and roll any more. But then again I am against genre-fying everything — if you ask me, most of what I listen to ‘rocks,’ even if it isn’t ‘rock.’ I listen now mostly to jam-bands and ‘newgrass’ and aggressive acoustic stuff such as Split Lip Rayfield and Old Crow Medicine Show and the like, with liberal splashes of roots reggae, “world” music (recently discovered — via an NPR review — an Algerian singer named Khaled, and have become a big fan of the Taureg band Tinariwen in the past year or two), and ambient instrumental stuff such as Kiln.

    I loathe classic rock — and ’80s music’ — unless I can control my exposure to it, and keep it down to once-in-a-blue-moon levels — because listening to it makes me feel as if I am as ‘stuck’ — in the past, and in old wys of thinking — as virtually all of the adults I knew when I was a kid.

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