3 Reasons to Expand Your Musical Interests
How expanding your musical horizons will change your life
We all have that one artist that sticks with us as we grow older. For me, that artist is KISS (I know... look at me now). The neat thing about having them be my childhood artist is that, I look at the way they've impacted my taste on music, and how listening to them got me into so much other music early on. Listening to what my dad listened to really helped me expand my own musical horizons. Now, not everyone gets the chance to listen to as much music as I did growing up. However, it's never too late to start listening to music you've never even heard before. Here are three reasons you should definitely go on Spotify, and just find something to listen to.
1: Music is universal
This is the thing that I tell everyone who only listens to about one to three genres of music. Music has been around since the beginning of the world, and it's an ever-growing thing. Since music has been around forever, there's a good chance that there will be some similarities with the music you already listen to! There's a pretty good chance that your favourite artists listen to music you've never even heard of (which is an even better reason to just listen)!
2: When you grow, your musical taste grows
This is one of my favourite things to talk about. The more experiences you have as a person on this earth, the better chances you'll have of being able to relate to more people. Are you with me so far? Great! So, when you grow, change, experience this thing we call life, I guarantee that you'll find yourself liking music that you "normally" wouldn't have.
I grew up on Top 40s, Classic Rock, and Pop/Punk music. When I went to classical school and later jazz school, I got pretty deep into those genres of music (without even knowing that I would love them). Then... four years later, I find myself getting into HEAVY delta blues stuff. The more you grow, the more types of music you'll be able to relate to.
3: It's a lot of effort to actively not like something...
This is just how it is. A good friend of mine once told me, "Why put so much effort into not liking something?" That statement literally changed my life (if you want to hear it on the record, it's in the first episode of my podcast here). After he told me that, I immediately started going back through all my old records, and I tried to find at least one thing I liked about them all—whether it was the guitar tone being wicked, the melody being beautiful, or maybe there's a FAT, HEAVY breakdown that just...well...slaps.
I started finding the positive in every piece of music I listened to, and it forever opened up my mind to the music that is out there.
Go and listen to some music! Try something you've actively been avoiding. Maybe you've been a country person FOREVER; try listening to some metal, or some classical music. Maybe you're a big punk nerd (I'm talking like Rancid, NOFX type punk nerd). Maybe go and try to listen to some of today's pop hits. You'll be surprised at what you'll find. You might find something you enjoy, or you might not. That's the beauty of loving music. There is SO MUCH MUSIC IN THE WORLD! You just have to go and find it.
I hope you find as much joy in the experience of experiencing as I do. It’s a never-ending process, and I can guarantee that it is possible for you to enjoy every moment of it.