Musical Choices & Tastes

How Much Is Your Taste in Music Based on What Your Friends Like?

Not much at all. I mean, I like the music I like and if some friends like them as well – great! If not, no problem at all. It’s great when you have a group of friends who all like the same music and you can sit in one place or travel in a car or some bus and play the songs really loud and all sing along. Great fun. Even if it’s just 3-4 people singing with enthusiasm it is fabulous. I have some friends who do like some of the music that I like and hence it strengthens the bonds a lot more.

When I was quite young, like 10-15 I listened to and got introduced to a lot of music that I still like by older cousins and some seniors at my school – Scorpions, The Beatles, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Dire Straits, Queen, CCR etc etc. And in turn I introduced some of my cousins to bands that I listened to before them – Metallica, Guns n Roses, Aerosmith, Mr. Big to name a few. This is the way that things go and it is great if you have a large number of cousins and friends who all like music and listen to different stuff; you end up with a huge list of artists and bands that you all tend to like a lot. Although a lot of my cousins have not stuck to the music scene that we loved during our teens and early 20s, a lot of those songs brings nostalgic tears of joy to us, everytime we hear them.

As the years went by I was listening to music more and more on my own and collecting music albums on tapes & cds and spending a lot of time listening to them in the seclusion of my bedroom. When I started chatting online and making friends I got introduced to a lot of bands and artists that people around the world liked and that we have never heard of over here and my musical landscape expanded a lot more. Now I listen to what I like and don’t care what anyone else thinks. If they like it too – awesome! And if they don’t – oh what the heck do you know about music any?

Prompt from The Learning Network at The New York Times

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