Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Mood Music

I’ve realized I jump music genres frequently, and my erratic taste often follows my emotional state. I went through my angsty alternative rock phase in my angsty teens, and did an embarrassing white girl bop to rap to relax while I did my statistics homework (my apologies to Camille, who was my roommate at the time). I had a brief foray into country when I was in a crappy relationship and craved music that sang about meaningful love that lasts, and then settled into the calm of folk rock and acoustic rock when I finally settled into and moved forward in the educational and family paths my life would take.

I’ve been thinking about what it means that during this period in my life where I’ve made the transition to two kids, I can’t get enough of the classics. This December, while most people were taking in the calm of “Silent Night,” I was too busy dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” to play any Christmas music. I genuinely hope that Emily’s current fashion obsession with wearing only one glove is a result of that period. I find myself playing the same CD incessantly because I am just in awe, and wondering why I can’t remember a time I didn’t know “Blackbird,” but still feel like I’d never really heard it before.

Maybe I just didn’t know enough about music to appreciate these songs before, but I think I’ve hit a point in my life where I’m taking a step back and seeing things with new eyes. I’m a very different person than I was when I bought my first real CD in 1994 (Brandy, interestingly enough). I also find myself with long periods of time when my body but not necessary my mind are needed – nursing, playing blocks, doing dishes – and I have plenty of time to let my mind wander and think about concepts that are interesting to me. The combination means I have plenty of time to approach old ideas with new eyes. Well, whatever the reason, I’m thoroughly enjoying revisiting the classics.

So, those of you that actually still come here after I’ve taken a month off (but I’m writing over at my other blog, at least!), has your taste in music shifted much as the years have gone by, or have you stuck to similar styles?