What’s your favorite song? What kind of music do you listen to? What does the music you listen to say about you?
Believe it or not, the type of music you listen to can say a lot about who you are. It can also tell others many things about you as well.
This is according to studies and researchers who have done several experiments and surveys. For years, many physiological studies have been done to help researchers discover what the music says about the listeners. The studies also helped reveal many things about the individual’s intellect and personality.
This study and many others like it made me take a look at the music I love.
Fans of top 40 pop hits tend to be extroverted, honest and conventional, according to researchers. I guess cross me off that list. I haven’t listened to that genre since high school.
While pop music lovers are hardworking and have high self-esteem, researchers suggest that they tend to be less creative and more uneasy. I don’t have any friends who listen to that, so I will have to take their word for it.
Their findings determined that those who enjoyed listening to classical music and jazz tend to have high IQ’s.
Again, I don’t listen to much of that. I would hate to guess on my IQ, but I do know I have a strong creative side. I guess one out of two will work.
But I do enjoy an otherwise wide variety of music, with the bulk of my playlist made up of classic rock, such as Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones and Aerosmith, to name a few. Most of the tunes my ears crave have a bluesy feel or origin.
I just went through my music on my phone, counting up to 200 different artists before I quit. I got songs from Midland to Metallica, from The Gourds to The Grateful Dead, from Dr. Dre to the Doobie Brothers, from The Hollies to Hank Williams Jr., from Al Green to Alabama Shakes, from Kid Rock to Kool & the Gang, from Waylon Jennings to Whitesnake, from the recently deceased Bill Whiters to Cross Canadian Rage Weed, and from JJ Grey & Mofro to Johnny Cash.
Like I said — wide array.
I guess if I had to pick my top five artists of all time, with my top two songs from each, I would go:
1. The Rolling Stones (“Sympathy for the Devil” and “Miss You”)
2. Led Zeppelin (“Rock and Roll,” “Black Dog”)
3. The Allman Brothers, (“Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More,” “Ramblin’ Man”)
4. Eric Clapton (“Crossroads,” “Bell Bottom Blues”)
5. Eric Church (“Mistress Named Music,” “Jack Daniels”)
For me, Church is the best thing going in contemporary country music right now. He is a magical song writer, good on the guitar and has strong roots in blues and rock ’n’ roll. You can tell by just listening to his lyrics — his deep appreciation of all types of music comes right through the mic.
His song “Hippie Radio” speaks right to the heart of any music fan. The song starts off as a love letter to the FM dial in the family’s Pontiac, as young Eric rides in the car with his father listening to music.
Later in the song, the now 17- or 18-year-old Church has his own wheels. He pays nostalgic tribute to Billy Idol, Warren Zevon and other artists who formed the soundtrack when he was romancing girls in his own Pontiac:
“It was ‘White Wedding’ and ‘Rebel Yell’ on the hippie radio.
I was a ‘Werewolf in London,’ and she was ‘Lady Marmalade’s’ soul.
And I’d crank the band, take her hand and we’d pull off back a road.
A boy and his girl in a Pontiac, and the hippie radio.”
That’s a fine trip down memory lane for those of us born before 1970.
I have yet to see him in concert but did have plans to catch one of his shows this fall before the COVID-19 pandemic all but ruled that out, at least for the foreseeable future.
I grew up listening to a good amount of country music, and I have always had a soft spot in my heart for the style of music. Unfortunately for people like myself, country music has taken an odd turn in more recent years.
I hate sounding like an old stick in the mud hollering about how they don’t make “em like they used to,” but it’s true. The mainstream country sound coming out of Nashville is a lot of “Bro-Country.” The term was first used by Jody Rosen of New York magazine in an article published on Aug. 11, 2013, in which Rosen described songs by Florida Georgia Line. Others are Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton and Jake Owen.
Twitter account holder “Not Kenny Rogers” — with nearly 65,000 followers — is a great follow if you feel like I do about modern mainstream country. The sarcastic, entertainment-focused account takes jabs at news, entertainment and pop culture, and it loves to pick on Bryan and Florida Georgia Line.
These artists like singing about trucks, dirt roads, hotties in trucks and more trucks. I like a little more substance with my country — and a nice bourbon drink.
• Contact Bill Burrus at 581-7237 or firstname.lastname@example.org.