Hey guys! So since I’m the author of a music blog, I figured it’s pretty important to mention what kinds of music I’m actually interested in, as well as who my favorite artists are, so today, I am going to answer some of my own interview questions.
I’ve always loved listening to music, but I don’t think I ever had a true passion for poetry or any kind of deeper appreciation for music until I moved here, to Nashville. I remember the first time I walked down Broadway, looking at all the bars lit up colorful and listening to the country music roaring out of the honkey tonks. It was definitely a new scene, but I didn’t hate it like I thought I would. I was inspired.
It was around this same time in my life when I discovered my absolute favorite artist, Lana Del Ray. I have been listening to her music for a few years now, with my favorite album being “Born To Die”. This is the kind of music that inspires me- the kind of music that I aspire to create- the kind of music that feeds my soul. Other artists like this that I look up to are Fiona Apple, Amy Winehouse, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Lorde, Adele, Martin Sexton, Billie Eilish, and Hozier. I also love Sheryl Crow, Avril Lavigne, John Mayer, DeathbyRomy, Alanis Morissette, Melanie Martinez, Billy Joel, Elton John, Khalid, Train, Plain White T’s, and Christina Perri, but still, the list goes on. When I write lyrics and melodies, I look up to many of these artists. These are the artists that aspire that side of my creativity, the side focused on love, loss, and realism.
I feel like I’m a very strange kid when it comes to music taste because I really enjoy listening to a little bit of everything. Although these are many of my favorite artists, I also have an equally long list of rappers and pop artists that I love. When it comes to rappers, I would say that Eminem, Machine Gun Kelley, Kid Cudi, Lil Nas X, Post Malone, A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, Major Lazor, Fetty Wap, Juice WRLD, and a few others are my favorites. I listen to a lot of older rap too that I’d probably get made fun of for at school.
I also listen to pop sometimes, but it’s usually older pop and hip hop, because I’m really picky about most new stuff, except rap not so much, because it all sounds the same to me so I just listen to it for fun. I like slightly older rap because I find it more poetic, and that’s why I like artists like Eminem who’s my favorite, MGK, Post Malone has good poetry, and Kid Cudi just has a cool vibe.
Every once in a while I listen to rock music but I don’t really have any favorite artists to mention. Really I just have major respect for the original bands. I guess my overall message is that I’m not that picky with music, and I take turns listening to everything and everyone. I try to expose myself to new artists every day, whether they’re new in the world or OG’s that are just new to me. I think it’s important to like many different kinds of music, it’s inspiring, and it’s just good to switch things up. I never get bored, and I’m never out of ideas for new music to learn about and create! I want to write songs like my first, “Misinterpretation”, which was more of a ballad, but I secretly also really want to write a rap song and make my own beat for it because I have a passion for slam poetry and I think it will translate (I might be very wrong with that but I’m down to try anything).
I have like ten million different playlists on Spotify, obviously in all different genres. I even enjoy listening to music that my friends make, not only because most of it is genuinely pretty good and my taste, but it’s also really inspiring to be reminded that my young age can’t stop me from creating what could be up next on today’s top hits.
I also listen to music on my record player (it’s 1 by One brand) that I got for Christmas along with some of my favorite albums: A Night at the Opera, Abbey Road, Cry Baby, K-12, Adele 21, Born To Die, Jagged Little Pill, Back to Black, and any more. I’ve also been working through several Spotify playlists on my new speakers since I woke up this morning.
I’m sorry this post is so oddly structered, I just have a lot to say about what kinds of music I like. I often hide the fact that I like rap and hip hop beause I want to seem like this mature young adult who mainly listens to older music and respects original iconic bands like The Beatles and Queen (which I genuinely do), but I’ve also really come to appreciate some newer artists as well. I think that’s because I’m trying to become one.
My first concert was Sheryl Crow at the Ryman (or as my dad would say the Mother Church), with a surprise appearance from Emmylou Harris. It was crazy! I was mainly shocked by the opening act, Brie Kennedy. She’s a lot younger and she was singing some simple breakup ballads. Really talented, but I mainly just connected with her lyrics. Although they were simple, they were relatable, and I just thought to myself, “wow, I could be her one day if I really wanted to”. That was last summer, last summer when I thought I was the worst singer on the entire planet but was starting to realize that my lyrics were good enough to become actual songs. This summer, I turned my own world upside down. I wrote and sung a song, even when everyone told me I probably couldn’t.
Listen to all different kinds of music and learn to appreciate even the genres you’re not entirely fond of, because all music has some sort of history, and comes from a different culture The other thing is that every song carries a message. The interpretation of the message varies, and so does the delivery, but despite whether or not you like the sound of the music, if the poetry is there, so is the message.