Music taste

Do you judge other people’s music taste? Do others judge yours?

When I was 13, I loved Kenny Rogers. I had The Gambler on cassette tape and played it on high rotation. This was in 1985. My friends were listening to all kinds of other weird and wonderful music – rap, punk, new wave, whatever. I kept my love of country music to myself. I still do. Unless you are a regular passenger in my car, you’d have no idea I like the Dixie Chicks and Shania Twain.

I learned early on that your music tastes tell the world something about who you are. The cool kids only listen to non-mainstream music. Never admit you like One Direction, and definitely don’t do it on Facebook. Unless you like being ridiculed (in a friendly way of course, but still).

How do Justin Bieber and One Direction sell so many albums? No-one I know would ever admit to buying their music (other than Megan, and she was subject to pity from her friends). So presumably people are sneaking off to the music store and squirelling away with a brown paper bag filled with ‘lame, mainstream’ music. I guess iTunes helps there. You can buy whatever you like in the privacy of your own home, judgment-free.

I never understood why it mattered what music I liked – why do you care? I’m not making you listen to my pop-sung-as-Gregorian-chant music, so why should you care if I own three albums of it? Stop laughing!

I’ve been subject to judgment, ridicule and pity over my taste in music my whole life. And I’ve never understood it.

The 40 b4 40 challenge: Update

In January I set myself 40 goals to achieve before I turn 40 in November. You can see the list and how its progressing OVER HERE.

Some of them are easy enough – things I intended to do anyway. Some of them I’ll definitely do and they are in the schedule.

Some things probably won’t happen, but they are goals I’ll keep in the list and think about doing in the future.

I’m not sure I’m going to go on a cruise or go jet-boating this year, if ever. What was I thinking with these ones?! I get really horribly seasick. I really want to do both of these things, but the suffering is probably not worth it.

Others, like owning a car, are on the back burner this year. We made a choice to get a new kitchen instead. It was a good call, I LOVE our new kitchen. Sometimes I stand in the dining room and admire it. It’s so smooth and shiny and clean.

I have to admit, I’ve never been one for this kind of resolution-making. I like setting goals and I like making lists, but I’ve never vowed that I will do this-or-that by a certain date. That’s not how my goal setting works. So if I don’t achieve everything on the list, no matter. There is always next year!