Favorite kinds of music

I find it interesting that peoples character tend to be reflected in the styles of music that they are most attracted to.  If you think about those that like rock or metal, those that like country, those that like pop.  Do those people you are thinking of have similar personality traits?  Any similar characteristics?

I contend to say that our personalities are highly connected to the style of music we are attracted to the most.  To use me as an example I really am not a fan of country music.  For whatever reason, I am a rock loving introvert, and hanging out at a bar drinking with friends, does not sound fun to me.   I am not laid back, I am not outdoorsy…. I am not defined by the hat that I wear, or driving a truck or anything like that.  My personality does not resonate at all with country music, so it is not something that I like.

This is just a simple thought for the day that I had that I think there is an undeniable connection.  I am sure there is science on this somewhere that I could have taken the time to find to post here, but I just didn’t put that much time in today.

 

Covers

Music, like everything in the modern age has taken a twist with the times.  Technology continues to allow new ways to grow, target, and profit by offering different avenues than the classic set path.  For example, a musician, or really any sort of entertainer for that matter, no longer needs the notoriety of a label behind them to “make it big”.  The first instance of this was the comedian Dane Cook.   Whether you like him or not does not matter, what matters is that he figured out how to use social media in such a way to get his name out there that he became famous virtually overnight.  Who needs a venue when you have a 100,000 twitter followers.  There’s a cat on YouTube who has nearly 2 million subscribers to his channel.  He is a gifted artist and he continues to pump out covers of the top songs in well produced videos.  This has gotten him paid, and gotten him recognition.

Social Media allows us today to display our talent and there are so many consumers on social media today that there is a market for almost anything you can think of.  Who thought funny cat videos would be what they are today?  Anyway I digress, back to music,  I really appreciate a good cover, when I fall in love with a song one of my favorite things to do is get on youtube for a couple hours and listen to different covers done of that song, because I appreciate the different variations and creativity that get brought to it.  And truth be told, there are some darn talented artists out there.  You don’t have to travel far on your laptop to find someone truthfully more skilled than the people that are getting paid big bucks currently.  There’s a lot of talent out there.  All I am saying with this, is don’t underestimate the power 0f a good cover.  It could get you paid….

Glenn Frye

Leading member of my favorite band that passed away a while ago.  I saw him on stage just last year playing with the rest of the legendary Eagles.  The Eagles created a sound that just resonated through my soul.  There are certain people, certain sounds, when the music becomes more than just the sound or the lyrics but the motion of the song.  You can physically feel the flow of it through you.  Billy Joel can move music in that way for me, as can some of Elton John’s stuff.   The Eagles didn’t just stop at a basic level of a song.  A lot went into their writing but i feel like even more went in to their delivery.  Adding layer upon layer of instruments, and rhythms. Adding layers of harmony and melody.  Name me one other band in history that has the harmony capabilities that the Eagles did.  Even on in to their old age they could still nail it.  You could hear a pin drop in their concerts because everyone is just listening and soaking it in.  I am a sucker for the harmony role and a wonderful blend in voices.  Which is what draws me to the Eagles so strongly.  It is an aspect of music that is lost in today’s world of music and remixing from the DJ’s and such.  Go ahead, try and name just one band today that can create the kind of blend of voices that the Eagles could.  Maybe Munford and Sons is arguable but I don’t think they have nearly the skill level needed.  Shinedown has an amazing lead vocalists and some good harmony in their acoustic stuff.  I don’t know anyone however, that can blend quite like the Eagles could.

Ok, in the midst of writing this and looking for this youtube video to post, I found this cover by a band called Home Free which do this acapella and beatbox style similar to Pentatonix, which is a style catching a lot of traction right now.  I will say that this style is producing some killer harmonies and i do appreciate the rise of these kinds of bands, take a listen.  Very solid cover.

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Music is in us all

Music is everywhere around us.  It flows through our soul like nothing else, and the same song can have profound effects on two people in totally different ways.    Music has changed shapes over the years too,  not only in how it is created, and performed, and delivered, but in how it is received as well.  30 years ago we had 8 track players.  I remember thinking they would never come up with anything better than CD’s.  Which they kind of never did, they just went to mp3 files and then on to Itunes.  I am not sure where it can go next without beaming straight in to our brains…. but who knows.  We will be discussing everything music from styles to skills, from technology to dress code.