My Kind of Music

I never really was a diehard music fan. I'd never die nor kill myself because of music. But c'mon, who doesn't like music anyway?
Guy Berryman of Coldplay.
I've listened to different music genres and started with boyband pop music like everyone else my age. I mean, who hasn't gone gaga over the Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls or even Blue, especially girls of the Generation Y? But then I've grown tired of ballads that idealize love or the lost of it. It was already all too lethargic for me.

Eventually the music of those pre to post-pubescent boys and girls reduced in popularity at some point and so I shifted to pop rock and discovered the likes of Blink 182 and Matchbox 20. It's sometimes a respite to listen to raucous but still-sensible rock lyrics other than crooning, sentimental pop love songs.

Then The Corrs entered the spotlight I put up while I was singing the lines of "All the Love in the World" in the shower. After all, it's not everyday you see an instrument-playing band of three girls and a boy with a tin flute, bodhran, and violin and still immensely successful. Have you ever listened to an Irish jig, or maybe one of The Corrs' instrumental singles like "Toss the Feathers"? It's a distinctive breed of combined country and pop rhythms that shouts "cool" and "mild" at the same time.

After a while, there was LeAnn Rimes, a young pop-country artist who sang the soundtrack of the hit teen film Coyote Ugly. Before her, I thought I was done with love ballads but I was wrong. Her voice, charm, unknown popularity, and gentle music are just right for me.

Despite the empathetic, unpredictable music of pop-country artists The Corrs and LeAnn Rimes, rock is still my kind of sound. I still enjoy listening to Matchbox 20 and also heed the songs of Coldplay, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, and even of veteran rockers like Oasis, Lit, and U2. The irony of it is that I love rock but I don't consider Korn, Slipknot, and other notorious metal rockers as musicians but as noise-makers. They give me intense headaches, nosebleeds, and an aftershock of hating the world.

So if you ask me to describe my kind of music, I'm going to answer: definitely pop-country, rock, and a little dose of Eminem. How about you?