I won’t explain it in difficult way with certain analyzes like a great musician or professional. I just want to share my thoughts on musical taste in a simple yet understandable way. So, if you’re musician or music experts or someone who’s more talented in music than me, I hope you can understand what I’m talking about and I’m sorry if I made a lot of mistakes in my writing today.
I’ve often said in my post if someone’s taste and preference is different between one and another, including in music. It’s so subjective. We can’t force others to like something what I like and vice versa. There’s nothing wrong with personal taste and preference. I also don’t really know what affects someone’s musical taste. Is it because of culture or habit that grow up in a place where they live? I don’t know. For example, in my beloved country, Indonesia, there’s one of most popular music genre here called ‘dangdut‘. Almost in every event, whether it’s wedding party, folk art festival, political party campaigns even in public transportation (usually in a bus) and night club, there’s always dangdut. This genre has many fans from different age range, from younger people to old generations.
For some people, this genre is often associated with lower class society and people who like it are considered as people with ‘low taste‘ of music. But, I don’t agree with this opinion even though I’m not a big fan of dangdut. In my opinion, just because you like certain music genres, it doesn’t make you more superior or exclusive than anyone else even though you like non-mainstream music (it’s okay if you don’t agree). If you don’t like it, ignore. No need to blame on it. Music is universal language. No matter what your ethnicity/race/nationality/religion/sex/age, music always has its own fans. Whatever it is.
Musical taste can be affected by age and era. People around my parents age tend to prefer old music, e.g. 70-80’s music. Meanwhile people around my age or around my brother and sister’s age tend to prefer more trendy music , e.g. late 90’s music or 2000’s music. But, there’s an exception too in it. I have an acquaintance-one of my college senior, who’s several months older than me, loves 80’s music and some other old music. My friend’s mother, who’s at her 50 years, can enjoy 2000’s music. People with those musical tastes, sometimes make people around their age wonder, “why does he/she listen such a kind of music like that?”
Sometimes, someone’s musical taste is not easy to understand, especially a person who has unusual or non-mainstream musical taste. My father loves classical jazz and blues. He said that many of his friends often consider his musical taste is weird and unusual. But, for me, instead of weird and unusual, I could say that his musical taste is unique and cool (I said that not because he’s my father.But, I really respect and appreciate his thoughts of it, just like I respect and appreciate those who have the same thoughts as him.). The same thing applies to my senior too. Yeah, he’s unique and cool. (I’m even curious now, is there anyone of you can give me recommendations of nice old music? If yes, what is it? )
Tbh, I often feel confused when someone asks me what type of music I usually listen to. Sometimes, I love listening to certain music type based on my condition. In the morning, I prefer to play fun, happy, upbeat and energetic music (maybe kinda loud too) for setting up my good mood and rising up my spirit. In the night or when I need to cooling down, I prefer to play soothing, calm and relaxing music. Well, maybe many of you are doing the same thing.
Have a great day everyone! Don’t forget to be happy