I’m pretty sure one of the first things that I fell in love with about Dan was his taste in music. I’m also pretty sure that it was one of the first things he loved about me too, as we used to spend hours driving around and listening to music.
I have always had a really varied taste in music, something that’s been a bit of a blessing and a bit of a curse depending on what way you want to look at it. My open mindedness towards music genres meant that I wasn’t the most popular amongst my peers when I wanted to listen to Babyshambles at 15, whereas all of my friends were listening to that god awful “Umbrella” song by Rihanna.
But I’m not a music snob. No no, don’t take what I am saying to mean that I was some alternative girl who, you know, ‘really was alternative you guys’. I wasn’t. I tried to be at one point when I went through a weird ’emo phase’ and I even went as far as to go up to Camden market for my red and black striped sweatbands and black nail polish, but I was 100% a fraud, as were most of us.
My problem was that I would also listen to bands like Westlife and Backstreet Boys. So you’d switch on my laptop and find pop boybands mixed in with punk rock and christ knows what else, which was obviously a bit weird and led to my friends absolutely never trusting my taste in music. Except my best friend Emily, who has always trusted me when it comes to music and has impeccable taste, if I do say so myself!
Anyway, as a result of this, I have a really hard time making playlists now that it’s a thing people do. For example, I have to have two “current favourites” playlists to accommodate for my love of folk, indie, acoustic and light rock, compared to my love of rap, hip hop and R&B, because nobody wants to be listening to The Smiths and then listen to Snoop Dogg, like, 5 seconds later. So here’s my solution for that:
Can you imagine if those two playlists mixed? It’s so ridiculous that I can’t even think of something comical to say.
Aside from my current favourites playlists, I recently made a “Teen Angst” playlist after being reminded of the band Panic! At The Disco (anyone else remember them?) and I’m also ashamed to admit that I have been listening to it recently whilst writing. But then I remember that all music from your childhood is awesome, no matter how shit it might actually be, and then I think about sweatbands, heavy eyeliner and mohawks a little bit more.
Or sometimes I listen to a playlist I’ve entitled “Oldies”, but is basically the pop version of “Teen Angst”. The second playlist is the one I put on and dance to after my third glass of wine, just to put that into perspective. Oh… and I sing too, obviously.
The rest of the music on my Spotify is made up of playlists others have made that I follow. I generally listen to those when I am working on a design project because I just want background noise and not to be distracted, which happens a lot with songs I know because I burst into song as soon as the chorus kicks in. Does anyone else do that?