Life of a Blogger - Genres of Music


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It's funny, but when I was a teenager I listened to tons of music, not realizing then I listened to mainly the same bands and only about two genres - hard rock/heavy metal and soft rock/80's. The former was the typical teenage fare, the second something I grew to love growing up during that time and listening to the radio with my mother.

In my twenties I started evolving a lot. I found out I always loved film scores and is one of the main things I remember about a movie. I also found myself wanting to experiment and falling in love with Oldies. From there I started messing around with some Gregorian Chants, Classical, and a small sampling of Opera (I'm ignorant about it but like some of the stuff.) I'm not a Country person at all but there's still some I like in that genre. I also dig a few things in Hip Hop and modern music. Techno can be excellent if done well. I love trance stuff. I still like the softer rock, and hard rock still remains my favorite genre overall.

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I have had a Last.fm profile for years


http://www.last.fm/user/JCFantasy23


I also have an 8tracks site where I make playlists


http://8tracks.com/jcfantasy23
 
I participate in the Tune-In Tuesdays, but need to get more regular about posting random songs to share!

Copied a lot of this from Last.fm profile as I already had it written down as well as I can come up with it:

 I'm a rocker chick, love rock in all it's forms. Enjoy the very old stuff and classic rock, soft rock from the 80's and 90's, and the ultra heavy. Enjoy the crossovers between Alternative and Rock, Rock this and Rock that basically. I'm not much of a Death Metal fan (everyone defines it differently) - I define it the screaming, thrashing, super metal stuff where I can't hear vocals really as they're drowned out.

I'm a big fan of film scores, especially for horror films, particularly those with darker and dramatic instrumental type notes. I still remember watching some favorite movies as a kid and pausing in what I was doing just to admire some of the music I loved that was coming up. To this day I had not forgotten how much I loved the music, and have spent years now trying to track down hard to find scores. Most of my goals have been met with this, I'm happy to say.

When times are mellow I like to chill with some celtic or classical music. I even enjoy a smidgen of opera but am such an amateur with it I have a very meager collection. I don't care about being marked as emo or whatever the current musically-dissing phrases are, for I worship alternative music and am proud of it. Labels like that serve only to irritate me.

I don't grow out of bands and still enjoy some of the same I did when younger. Even though I'm an eighties child I can still enjoy older songs, especially from Simon & Garfunkle, The Beatles, and The Beach Boys. I'm much more picky with country and really don't care for rap, save the rare song. I'm not the biggest POP fan either, although there's some I like that aren't irritating. Basically, if the beat becomes the music and drowns it out, I lose interest. If a Pop, Hip-Hop, R&B, or Rap song keeps the same beat going continuously to where that's all I really hear/feel, it's underwhelming. Despite this I love techno and finding new in that genre, but techno is clearly a different story as it's a different type of music. If the rhythm doesn't change in the techno song either, then it's as much of a cheat as any other kind of music.

I'm a huge MediaMonkey fan - Favorite User-Created Scripts: MonkeyRox, VisualizationEmbedder. Been using the music software for years now, before Last.fm, and love how it is so customizable and fun to decorate, easy to use, the multiple options for organizing and listening to music, creating playlists, and the nifty sync options. I'm sure I'll use MediaMonkey and Last.fm until they blink out of existence. 

My most sought-after, and now found, favorite Film Scores:


  • Flowers in the Attic by Christopher Young
  • Cujo by Charles Bernstein
  • Nightmare on Elm Street by Charles Bernstein
  • Braveheart by James Horner
  • The Omen by Jerry Goldsmith
  • Poltergeist by Jerry Goldsmith
  • Carrie by Pino Donaggio
  • Edward Scissorhands by Danny Elfman
  • Interview with the Vampire by Elliot Goldenthal
  • Flatliners by James Newton Howard
  • Godfather 1 & 2 by John Williams
  • Schindlers' List by John Williams
  • Children of the Corn by Johnathan Elias
  • The Amityville Horror by Lalo Schifrin
  • No Mercy by Alan Silvestri
  • The Butterfly Effect
  • The Fly by Howard Shore
  • Terms of Endearment by Michael Gore
  • The music of Candyman by Phillip Glass
  • Requiem for a dream by Clint Mansell
  • Scarface by Giorgio Moroder
  • Tron Legacy by Daft Punk
  • Lone Wolf McQuaid

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