I’ve never been very inquisitive when it comes to new music.
I grew up on country music. Real country.
Once I even did a duet to “Here’s A Quarter- Call Someone Who Cares” by Travis Tritt. It was probably fifth grade and my friend and I decided we needed to be in the school talent show. I don’t remember that friend’s name now, but I do remember that she had pet chinchillas.
After learning all the words to Grundy County Action by John Michael Montgomery, my musical tastes were set.
I always have at least 2 if not more of my pre-set radio buttons on a country station in my car and the only kind of dancing I actually have any talent for is country swing or line dancing.
Then I came to college and learned that there was this thing called “hip-hop” and it was fun to dance to with your friends in the wee morning hours. Especially if you knew how to shake it like a polaroid picture.
Then I graduated and kept making new friends who liked bands that had never been played on the radio and-GASP- weren’t even really trying to get played on the radio.
I still don’t follow the indie music scene and I can rarely be convinced to go to a local bands concert (small, sweaty venues with bad lighting and sound just don’t make my heart go pitter-patter)… but I am trying to be open.
Last night my roommate who is on the other end of the musical spectrum showed me two different songs from artists, one I knew, one I didn’t and I’ve decided I need to get more variety into my musical moments.
These are the songs that convinced me. (Thanks, Jess!)
Rayland Baxter- The Woman for Me
Sara Bareilles- Beautiful Girl
What are some other artists I need to check out? Are there some local concerts that aren’t enclosed in tiny, sweaty back rooms?