Whether I’m on my way to work or working out at the gym, music just has a way of getting me pumped up. That being said, the music I love depends on the mood I am in, so it’s really hard to say which one I love the most. Without a doubt I have been heavily influenced by the music I listened to as a child, my parents listened to a range of music. My mom loved disco and pop music of the 80’s whereas my dad enjoyed more Jazz and Funk. I think my tastes ended up being somewhere in the middle there. I am glad that I grew up in a household listening to music because it has given me such a great appreciation for music. While I love to sing (much to the dismay of others) I have never trulymastered any instrument. Therefore I listen to music every chance that I get as it’s my one way to fell connected to the world of music.If I had to truly narrow it down I would say the type of music I listen to most frequently is R&B, Soul, and Rap. I know you’re probably wondering how the same persons listen to those genres, but let me explain why I am a fan of these genres.
If you flip through my iPod on a regular day you would find me listening to R&B music. My mom always jokes that she thinks I was born in the wrong decade because I love old school R&B. I listen to singers like the Four Tops, the Temptations, Patti LaBelle and the bluebells, Earth wind and fire. That’s the music I grew up listening to so it’s no surprise that I have a close affinity for those kinds of songs. Sometimes I think of what it might be like to be around during those days. I would love to learn all the dance moves and go to all the clubs like Studio 54. I love especially that period in the 70s to 80s where disco music dominated airwaves. Whether it was Donna Summer or Gloria Gaynor, their music is filled with so much energy and life. There is something so infectious about music from this time period that just made you want to live life on the edge. On those days when I am feeling less than myself this music never ceases to cheer me up., even if I just hear one song it changes the whole mood of my day.
Every now and again I love to listen to music that has more meaning, and for me that is soul. Whether its contemporaries like Amy Winehouse, Corrine Bailey Rae and Lauryn Hill or the oldies like Marvin Gaye. There is something about soul music that resonates with me. I love that soul music connects with a higher consciousness and has the ability to resonate deeply with you. I find with soul music that the instruments are a bit more old school so it would not be uncommon to hear a trumpet sounding. Listening to the music itself I find takes you away to another place, as opposed to when I listen to R&B music. There is something almost haunting about soul music that makes you want to know more. I think I enjoy soul music so much because of what they say about the time in which the artist was living. Soul music has the ability to capture the essence or spirit of a specific place in time. When I hear Marvin Gaye’s “What’s going on” or even Etta James “At Last” you get a glimpse of what they must be experiencing. I love that feeling about soul music and that is one of the reasons it will always be one of my favorite genres of music.
While I won’t claim to be a rap connoisseur, I do enjoy listening to rap music. When I’m in the gym I find that the fast beats and loud music tends to get me pumped up for a good workout. Moreover I love listening to conscious rappers like Kendrick Lamar and J Cole because I find that their lyrics make me think different about the topics they discuss. Whether its poverty, success or politics, their take on mainstream issues and events always make me take another look at my own thoughts. I also enjoy rap music because of the energy that rappers bring to the song. There is a feeling of dominance and pure confidence when you hear a rap song. Listening to rap songs I appreciate rappers ability to be honest and vulnerable and their strong sense of self. Some rap songs often seem auto biographical because of their honest nature and the self-assuredness of rappers. Whenever I finish listening to a rap song it makes me inspired to be at a place in my life where I too have master a skill and can affect others with words. I love their ability to use words to paint a musical masterpiece. To me, getting to that point of honesty within yourself is a sign of deep personal growth and it reflects a person who has examined his life and his thoughts. For me rap music will always be a way to explore news ways of thinking and beliefs. I have an appreciation for how it makes me evaluate my own thoughts ad questions standard conventions of thinking.
To be honest it would be hard to say which music is my favourite because I listen to a range of different types. There are certain periods in my life when a certain artist or music style seems to represent what I am going through. In those periods I tend to listen to one music style over another. Typically when I am going through a tough period Gospel music seems to be my choice of music. I find it uplifting and moving, even listening to one song can help me hold on just a little longer in those difficult times. As I have gotten older I would say I have gravitated to music that has deeper meaning more so than the causal pop songs that are played on the radio. However every now and again I like to get silly and listen to music I can dance to. Your life is your soundtrack so don’t be afraid to move to your own beat, whether or not people notice you is not important.