Let’s Talk About Music

(written in June)

Let’s talk about my taste in music. How it’s the way it is, why I have it, and what I think about it…

I was in a living room, headphones in playing My Bloody Valentine’s Sometimes. Listening to this song, especially a song like this, it makes my heart/chest hurt, which is sort of a thing for me when a song really hits me. Being a music lover, I can tell if I will like or dislike a song, and sometimes if it is life-changing for me. Sometimes my taste ranges from

  • 90s punk/alternative/rock/grunge, R&B, 70s folk, Vada Vada, haze rock, rap, alternative pop, 80s, Bedroom Pop, classic rock, heavy metal, and occasionally that one mainstream song/artist.

Literally any kind of music. Everyone has different and many tastes in music and I think that it’s a great thing to have. I believe in love for all music.

I do and I don’t listen to the main or popular artist, by that I mean the top 50 on the charts. Don’t get me wrong some of the music is really good and I love it like Drake’s latest God’s Plan, or Childish Gambino’s This Is America. At first, I had a hard time liking God’s Plan just because I would always hear it unfinished or replayed constantly somewhere or on memes and stuff. It almost becomes unenjoyable. But I listened to it on my own time and I started to catch on to it. With This is America, once the song dropped and the video came out, I listened to it before I opened Twitter to see mems and overplay and I ended up liking the song. See? It just depends.

I love music and I love creators. Sometimes though…. and don’t judge, the top 50 songs just seems like party music to me. Maybe that’s what it’s intended to be. Songs are supposed to bop! They’re supposed to bring people together one way or another. And that’s how all these songs are usually associated with for me. I can have a great time and dance and party to all of the top 50 songs, but for me, that’s pretty much what they offer to me, (besides any of the artist’s other songs that I like). I will acknowledge a pretty banging verse or a chorus. But that’s it. Maybe I’m just being difficult but I just don’t get that emotional arrow in my heart. The top 50 catches me but it doesn’t set me on my feet again.

I think the closest I can say to like what everyone likes is (example) like Frank Ocean or whenever Tyler the Creator releases new music, and I jam to that, but even he’s not popular with “everyone”. Like some say, Tyler isn’t rap cause he has too much “music” and not enough bars. But isn’t rap music???

But I think it all depends. It depends on taste and on how people are brought up. For instance, me –  I did not listen to the radio while growing up, I could only listen to my parents 90s mixed CDs that did not contain any mainstream or pop song in them or their iPods that they would put their favorite tracks in. I didn’t have cable (often), and I got a lot of my music taste from movie soundtracks because all I could watch on the TV were the movies we rented.

I was never sheltered from music or explicitly, my parents played what they wanted and I loved it. My grandparents also shared music with me and I learned from them. That’s music I grew up with at an early age defined what my soul felt about music.

Then middle school came and that’s when I started to find music that I enjoyed listening too. I met new people and was around pre-teens. While I think that everyone my age had their emo/scene phase I literally didn’t listen to any of that music. No one showed me, and it’s sad to say that I didn’t have close enough friends to show me or include me. I was always the one to show the weird music. Even my Dad was into these scene bands, but I don’t remember ever hearing any of these songs. All I could remember from middle school is The Shins, Crystal Castles, Death Cab For Cutie, Shiny Toy Guns, Bjork, The Dresden Dolls, Asobi Seksu, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World Soundtrack and Computer Magic ( and a lot more ).

The 9th-11th grade high school Hollie consisted of The Smith Westerns, Best Coast, Fiona Apple, Blackbird BlackBird, hella of The Beatles, Beach House, Cage the Elephant, Paramore, Foxygen, Flight of The Concords, Knox Hamilton, Wild Nothing, Washed Out, Beirut, Vampire Weekend, The Smiths, Morrissey, Rufus Wainwright, The Sugarcubes…and literally the list can go on, I’m not even stating my throwback artists which are 70s, 60s, and 90s. Yeah… that’s my throwback. But don’t get me wrong, I don’t only like all oldie and indie music.

Now from 12th up to now, my music taste is a lot different, or in other words, has grown and branched out more than what I can keep track of….

The Internet, Mac Demarco, Rex Orange County, Gus Dapperton, The Garden, Ruru, Selmer, Soccer Mommy, Girlpool, Kendrick Lamar, Mild High Club, Triathalon, Steve Lacy, Childish Gambino, Real Estate, Chance the Rapper, Noname, Tyler The Creator, Tame Impala Clairo, Kali Uchis, Twin Peaks, No Vacation, Ariel Pink, Boy Pablo, Charlotte Dos Santos, Cosmo Pyke, King Krule, Cuco, Day Wave, Japanese Breakfast, Men I Trust, Jakob Ogawa, Her’s


I think I listen to a new song every week, at least I try to for this blog.

So here I am now. A music lover for all kinds of music, maybe some more or less than others, but still a lover. I love the music that I listen to now, and I wouldn’t change it. I used to feel left out and embarrassed, but I’m not the only one with this type of music taste. Everyone has a mixture of taste. My music makes me happy, makes me content, it helps when life is hard, it makes me dance and sing, and it makes me share.

The only thing that confuses me is if someone doesn’t listen to music for pleasure. That’s weird. lol

Thanks For Reading



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