Fandango’s Provocative Question #201


Fandango’s question this week is about music which is always a fun subject to write about.

What is your favorite music genre? Why is it your favorite? If you have more than one genre that you prefer, what are they?

I have to say that I don’t listen to music as much as I used to when I was younger. These days I generally listen to the radio in the morning when I wake up. I like to hear the news first thing, that’s the main reason I have it on. I choose to listen to a classical music station because I now find the commercial stations that play contemporary music less enjoyable to listen to, partly because of the style of the presenters but also because I don’t really care for modern music. Although I don’t like opera singing, I do find most other classical music relaxing. I enjoy jazz sometimes too and blues. If you like rock music you have to like the blues.

I was born in the late 1950s. I was a little kid when The Beatles were at their peak. I still enjoy the music of the sixties, seventies and eighties. There was some great rock music in those decades and I would rather listen to that than today’s music. Actually, I haven’t really enjoyed a lot of new music after about 1995. I think that is what Fandango is referring to as classic rock.

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

I guess that most of us love the music we grew up with, it’s the soundtrack of our lives and we associate certain songs with particular events. I think that the best thing about the music I listened to in my teens, twenties and thirties was the diversity. Bands had their own distinct styles. As a teen I enjoyed the “Glam” era and in my twenties the “New Romantics” but I also enjoyed songs from bands like Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Yes and other more serious bands of that era and before. We were such a lucky generation to have such fantastic bands to listen to. I could make a list but it would take too long.

The music I hear today if I’m at the shops or in some other public place means nothing to me. To my ears it all sounds the same. I literally cannot tell when one song has ended and another begun because the style of the singers seems so similar. I haven’t watched a music award show in over 20 years and I never really watched the Grammy’s much as it didn’t feel very relevant to me. I used to watch Australian music award shows like the “Countdown Awards” or later the ARIA’s but I don’t even do that now.

Midnight Oil, Australian Crawl, Skyhooks, Mental As Anything , Cold Chisel
The Finn brothers in Split Enz days

I suppose it is a generational thing. I noticed that in his post, Fandango says that his favourite music is from the late fifties to the mid-eighties. I think that he is a few years older than me which is maybe why my preferred era starts and ends five or so years later than his.

A couple of these were David’s Yardbirds, Small Faces, Led Zeppelin, Status Quo

My mother did not like the music that Naomi and I listened to when we were young. She’d frequently comment “That’s not what I call music.” when some contemporary band was on the radio or TV. I was reminded of this one day when Naomi and I were talking about music that we didn’t like. This was in the 90s I think and we were probably talking about rap or something like that. “That’s not what I call music” one of us said. It reminded me of mum but was made all the funnier by the fact that we were having this conversation on the way to a KISS concert.

Kiss dolls. Party every day by all means! photos by Naomi
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Taswegian1957

I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.

7 comments

  1. I think our musical tastes are pretty similar. And you’re right about how most of us relate to the music that served as the soundtrack of our lives. In my case, I just can’t get into much of the new music, so I essentially listen to classic rock and let the memories that music triggers wash over me.

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  2. My basic objection to “new music is that is isn’t new. It’s copying older music but it isn’t performed as well. The singers are flat and the musicians aren’t as good.

    Music has not gone in a new direction. Even “hip hop” is just copies of older hip hop, without the message that used to at least give it some kind of meaning. Now, it’s just loud, annoying and pretentious.

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    • “Sampling” is something that I really dislike. Covering other people’s music can sometimes work really well but other times not so much. However, sampling is not original to my way of thinking. It doesn’t add anything to the song. I blame the Idol type TV shows for some of this because it seems to me that they are just trying to mold all the performers to be the same as each other.

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      • That’s true, though I don’t know if it is the performers or the recording companies at fault. It could very well be the industry trying to make everything sound the same because that’s exactly what publishing houses are doing with books

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