Music is a language with an infinite number of dialects.
We all have the ability to speak it, but how, and in what context, defines a large part of ourselves.
More interestingly, we can all pretend to speak a variation. Predictably, you will get asked “What kind of music do you listen to?” when you meet someone new. Although we all loathe this question, it’s an opportunity to embody whatever persona/stereotype we wish to reflect. We could be any of the following:
- Whatever is on the radio/Top 40
- Metal and Rock
- Alternative, Rock, and Indie
- Punk, Ska
- 20th Century Classical
- 18th Century Classical
- Your neighbor’s MTV they play too loud
- Your roommate’s trance techno dance parties
- Local indie shows your boyfriend/girlfriend drags you to
Regardless of how you answer, the person automatically makes assumptions about you. We all know this. We all hate being defined. We all hate this question – but secretly, it’s that opportunity to “defend” ourselves, to fit a mold, or to be an ideal.
Spotify is a new music-service which originated in (predictably) Sweden that was recently introduced in the US. It provides custom playlist development, like the Grooveshark I know and love; it acts as a resource for exploring new artists/bands, the tool pioneered by Pandora; and the best quality that we all miss from Napster and Kazaa, it’s FREE!
Well, it’s not completely free. The watered-down version (which has a limited number of listening hours, which isn’t popularly advertised, and commercials) provides access to stream over 15 billion (?) songs and you have to be online to listen. However, you can pay for it and have access on a mobile device and listen without being connected to the internet.
Blah blah blah (free marketing for Spotify, you’re welcome). I think the most intriguing element of Spotify is how it links up to your iTunes and facebook. You sync it to your facebook to see what other friends are connected, and then when you view their profile….you can see their iTunes playlists.
Now, Remember before when I mentioned using “The Question” as a tool to prentend to be whomever you want to be? Well – there are no secrets here. This provides the insight to what those friends really listen to. And I think it’s intriguing. I have already found some neat new bands by exploring my friend’s playlists, but people can really surprise you.
I guess it goes all back to that cliche saying, “don’t judge a book by its cover,” but we all know that’s a load of crock because we all do it.
But we all speak music: