Everybody has his or her own unique taste in music. Some people have very specific tastes and some people’s tastes are very broad, they’re the lucky ones because they can listen to a wide variety of music and not get irritated by what they hear very quickly. Very often people have a secret taste in music that they are a little ashamed of. This is because it’s often something that they would ordinarily mock but suddenly they find that they like some of a particular artist’s music and they feel the need to buy the new cd. They feel dreadful doing it and the self-chastisement and self-flagellation that they go through is enormous but don’t think that they don’t get enormous joy out of the cd also. They just don’t tell people about it. Only mutual sharing of embarrassing music will allow the secret to be told and only if the other person’s music is deemed to be more embarrassing than theirs. Key point, panpipes always wins in the embarrassing stakes, nothing beats panpipes, nothing, not even Spice Girls (but its close).
The fact that we can feel such acute embarrassment by something as silly as the music we listen to just goes to show what a powerful role music plays in our lives. We identify ourselves by the type of music that we listen to. Take a look at the Goth subculture; they are heavily influenced by the music that they listen to. The clubs that they go to only play Goth music, everyone dresses in a way that identifies them as Goth. The ravers are the same, they listen to rave music, dress a particular way, talk a particular way and have identified themselves as part of a particular subculture. They take pride in their identity. There are subcultures for every kind of music, even teenybopper pop as little girls identify with whoever the current icon is (no longer Britney Spear, thank goodness). There is very little crossover between subcultures. They tend to stick very much to themselves and to judge other music subcultures as inferior in every way possible.
Even if we don’t identify so strongly to a subculture that we adopt its dress, make-up, language and mode of life, music still plays an important role in every day life. It affects our moods or we play music to reflect our moods, we use it to keep ourselves company in our cars or when we are alone in our homes, it helps concentration, it relieves stress and tension and helps us relax, it sets the mood for a party or for a romantic night in with our partners. Scientific research has even proved that if played to babies while still in the womb it can make your children smarter, but that has to be a certain type of music, not just any old keys will do. Love of music is inherent, babies smile laugh and dance from before they can stand when they here music and they develop their own taste early on. It may be similar to their parents but not necessarily. Its all part of what makes life interesting.
When it comes to music videos you may not necessarily like the artist but you can still like the video. Ricky Martin for instance, not that musically gifted but that man can swing his booty like no one’s business. His music videos are a joy to watch.
The advantage of the Internet is that you get free streaming audio and sites that offer music videos via free streaming audio, which means that you get to see your videos almost as soon as you choose them. It also means that you don’t have to wait for ages for your favourite videos to appear on TV, you just pick and click. Some sites have vast archives of videos for you to choose from in any genre that you like. All tastes and subcultures are catered for. It’s great living in an age where entertainment and technology work hand in hand to provide convenient and easy access to the latest and oldest music videos that you might have a yen to see.