When I pick up music, I rarely – if ever, let it go. I keep it around in my collection in whatever format I find it in. Sometimes I find music on album, cassette, CD, MP3, digital…….it doesn’t matter to me. This is why I keep most stereo components that play these various formats as well – you just never know when something is going to pop up in one format or another.
Tonight, I was driving to work and was listening to Taco’s “After Eight” album. I originally picked this up on tape years ago, and still have it to this day. Thankfully, the car I drive these days actually has a tape player in it, so I popped it in and turned up the volume. I tell you what………I would MUCH rather listen to this pumped up to volume than the thundering, bass-bomping rap crap that just hurts my ears every time I happen to be subjected to it.
I’ve said it many times before, and I’m sure I’ll keep saying it. I like music that just grooves with my energy. It has to hit me just right, otherwise it’s an irritating annoyance and just not worth my time. Some music I pay rapt attention to whenever I play it…….sometimes I just play it in the background, but regardless of how I listen to it, it’s something that speaks to me.
I don’t know……..call me old-fashioned, but if music has to have profanity and really awful lyrics that include things like killing and taking drugs, it really turns me off and is offensive……to ME. I emphasize this because I’m sure there are many people on this planet that songs like this just jive with their energy and makes their day, so it goes along with their flow. If it gets them through their day without actually doing harm to others, then more power to them. Also, I like music with a melody as well as a beat. If all you have is overpowering bass so loud that it rattles the rivets from the frame of your car, then to me that’s just not music – that’s an annoyance that’s just begging for a blast from an EMP device – or a rival car that’s blasting the greatest hits from the German polka days! I may have to actually do that someday.
In the meantime, I gotta look up some old Rudolph Valentino movies. Taco just put me in the mood!