Music Part 1: Intro

I don’t know how many parts there are going to be to the music series, but I know there will be more than one.  I’m choosing to talk about music first because it’s something I’m very open about, and I think it will be a good start for someone new blogging about their life.

To begin: I love music.  Music is my favorite medium of entertainment.  No, I don’t listen to it all the time, but I don’t think that quantity of enjoyment should dictate appreciation.  I do, however, often do nothing but listen to music.  As in, I will sit down, close my eyes, and stream sound through my headphones.  I appreciate music as providing an interesting background to life (indeed, at many times I wish my life had its own score) but there are times when I want to just listen to songs with no other distractions.

In addition to the quality at which I try to enjoy music at times, I believe that I have a good appreciation for music across several genres.  I enjoy alternative, electronic, classic rock, classical, and even experimental music.  I will listen to dubstep just as soon as I will listen to a movie score, depending on the quality.  I believe that good music can come from anywhere.

For a brief moment I would like to draw attention to the fact that despite my love for music there is not an annoying song player at the bottom of this page.  You’re welcome.

I believe my music preferences are one of the most unique things about me.  Few other people that I have talked to seem to listen to the same breadth of genres I do.  I am very selective about the music I listen to, but if I like a song, I will listen to it.  Even if it’s rap.  Or country.  Or pop.

I don’t like to generalize my preferences.  That goes with most things in life, not just music.  I feel like I could miss out on an opportunity if I eliminate it with a stereotype.  That being said, I will generalize in that I summarize the average distribution of my music preferences.  I have to.  Otherwise I’ll need to explain everything you just read to every person who asks “What kind of music do you like?”

Concerning dancing – I used to not be a fan of dancing at all, much to my detriment at stake dances.  Recently I came to an important realization – the more I like a song, the more likely I am to dance to it.  Very recently I have discovered some things to like in music that is played at Church dances, and so I am able to dance along reasonably well to it.  All my dancing is interpretive, so I usually don’t care how “danceable” a song is (for example: to me, “Edge of the Earth” by 30 Seconds to Mars is very danceable).

I’m not going to set down a solid outline for the future (things never go according to plan anyway), but here are a few things that I want to talk about in the music series: 

  1. Genre breakdowns (picking apart major genres I like with sub genres and lists of artists)
  2. My experience making music (including music tracks and improv)
  3. Concerts
Hopefully you like music too.  If not, come back in a few weeks and I’ll be writing about something new.
–Brandon

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