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The Evolution of Musical Taste

Carolyn Rasak

Posted on November 5, 2018 06:18

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When I was younger, I listened to a hybrid of pop music and whatever my dad had laying around, until I rebelled as a teenager. Now I’m older, and have gone right back to my original musical preferences.

I grew up in the 90s, a decade of bright colors, bubblegum pop, cool games, and seriously amazing TV shows. While I could wax poetic all day long about how much I miss that decade, I’m mentioning this because I obviously listened to all genres of 90s music, including grunge and boy bands. These genres may not seem to go together, but to a 10-year-old girl, they absolutely do.

My dad had a very wide variety of music around the house, and I ended up a huge fan of bands like The Cranberries and REM. At the same time, I also loved jamming out to NSYNC, The Backstreet Boys (aka BSB), The Spice Girls, and every pop act imaginable. My friends and I would argue over who was the cutest band member, and we memorized all the lyrics. Despite all this, my first concert ever as a 13-year-old was The Cranberries; they remain my absolute favorite band, and I cried buckets when Dolores O’Riordan died earlier this year.

As I got older, however, I started listening to more rock and alternative music, until my tastes finally evolved into the NuMetal genre. For reference, this would include bands like Linkin Park, Staind, and Limp Bizkit (I never did get into them). You might say it was my rebellious stage as I rejected all the music I grew up with in favor of the loud and honestly, kind of obnoxious screaming about how miserable their lives were. My angsty teenager self identified with their music, after all. I felt it was more introspective and I was too good for the pop music of my youth (all of 2-3 years ago at the time).

Time marches on. As I grew up past high school I grew out of the angsty teenager music and embraced the music of my youth, which to this day still includes a mixture of 90s grunge, 80s pop, 80s nu wave, some 60s and 70s music, reggae music (there’s more to Bob Marley than ganja, by the way!) and of course, 90s bubblegum pop. Both my Youtube and Amazon playlists are an amalgamation of various music types. There are many good newer artists as well, and I love discovering their music too.

It’s interesting how maturity comes with a desire for nostalgia. Once I was no longer “too good” for pop music, and my dad’s music was no longer uncool for me to enjoy, I found my tastes broadened significantly, enabling me to enjoy a wide breadth of music my teenager self was too closed-minded to give it a chance.

I would love to know if anyone reading this has experienced something similar where they’ve gone back to the music of their youth after rejecting it. It’s almost like returning to your childhood home; it can still have a huge influence over you. Even though you moved on years ago, there’s a certain sweetness in seeing it again.

Carolyn Rasak

Posted on November 5, 2018 06:18

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