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What type of music do you prefer to listen to?

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There are so many kinds of music. Music is as diverse and unique as we are. Let’s share some examples of the types of music you enjoy. You can describe what you enjoy or even post a video of it. It will be interesting to see what our community listens to. Thanks.

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Well, just to provide some context, I was born in 79, so I naturally grew up listening to music from 80,90, so I enjoy listening to radio stations that play that music. Now, I also play some instruments, I enjoy electric guitar, bass and also love keyboards sound like the Hammond, Wurlitzer, Rhodes, Vox, that also means I enjoy music from the 70’s , I also love listening to guitar heroes of course, and admire fusion players. In general I like blues, rock, jazz and fusion, but it depends on the mood of the day, I can even choose some smooth jazz for work or even metal or hard rock to energize...
@Jworozco , I know that era of music well. How wonderful that you can enjoy this music by playing it too. Those incredible sounding keyboards helped define the music. Do you happen to own one of them?
I credit Guitar Heroes for introducing a whole new generation to classic rock and for inspiring so many to learn guitar too. Music seems like an important part of your life. My son, who is your age, used to love The Doors.

I agree that what music you listen to depends on your mood.
I will listen to classical music when I am very stressed and it will instantly relax me.
Mozart's 2nd Movement of the Eine Klene Nachtmusik is one such example.
I apologize for the ad you have to hear for a second or two before the actual music comes on.
Though I'm from India, thanks to the Internet, I had discovered musical artists like The Beatles, The Kinks, The Who, The Byrds, CCR, The Doors, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd etc. about many years ago when I was in middle school and grew up listening to them. As I grew up, I also developed a lot of interest in blues artists like The Rolling Stones, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, SRV etc. So, I love to listen to music that has either bluesy guitar tones or wonderful melodies and hooks with interesting lyrics.
Here's my favourite song:
(CCR - Who'll Stop The Rain)

Here is also a very wonderful new artist - Mona Lisa twins. Their music is very similar to the style of 1960s-70s.
Here's their cover of The Beatles' When I'm 64 (very beautiful harmonies!):

@Adithya, thank you for sharing your music. It’s so wonderful that you were able to appreciate and enjoy some of these incredible musicians. I also enjoy the Credence Clearwater Revival song, “Who'll Stop the Rain”. It was so good to hear the song again.
India should be proud of influencing George Harrison whose sitar playing enhanced many of their songs, most notably “Within You Without You” from Sgt Pepper.
The Mona Lisa Twins are delightful! I enjoyed that too, hopefully others will as well.
@Judith thanks for your comments, that Mozart song is a beautiful classic, awesome playing by the musicians! I added it to my play list 🙂.
Regarding keyboards, I don’t currently any of the classics, but I got one that reproduces some of the vintage sounds(korg SV1), I am trying to learn some of the classic rock songs, hope some day my kids learn to play some of them with me 😉
@Jworozco , so glad you added the Mozart to your play list!
It’s wonderful that you have a Korg and can try to duplicate some of the vintage sounds.
I have had many fun times playing music with my kids! I hope you will too.
Hello everyone on the Forum,
I am Ravi ,67 and an avid music lover. I listen to all kinds of music which includes Indian Classical music, Western Classical music, Indian Film music of the 60s and 70s, Popular pop music of the 70s and 80s, country music .... probably in that order. I am a collector too. I have rare recordings of many masters in Indian Indian Classical music like Ravishankar, Vilayat Khan, Bismillah Khan and vocalists like Bhimsen Joshi, Bade Ghulam ali khan and the like. I also love to listen to old singers like Jim Reeves, Neil Diamond, Englebert Humperdick and Tom Jones. I also like Celin Dion and Stevie Wonder, Beatles and rolling stones,. I love Turkish music. Among the Western Classical musicians , I like Mozart ,Handel and Beethoven and also Andre Rieu for the grandeur of his programmes.
Music is my soul and I owe joy in my life to the world of music.
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I love the variety of musicians and genres represented here so far!

I have an affinity for African music (especially West and Southern) – some of my favorites are Amadou & Mariam (Mali), Geoffrey Oryema (Uganda), Lucky Dube (South Africa), Oliver Mtukudzi (Zimbabwe), and Vusi Mahlasela (South Africa).

If you're in an upbeat mood (or would like to be!), try listening to "Dougou Badia" by Amadou & Mariam:

If you're in a more introspective mood, try listening to "River Jordan" by Vusi Mahlasela:

Some fascinating music which I like
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Music is something that depends on my mood, and tends to change with time. When I was around 16-20 years old, I used to listen alot to 70's music. Before that point I listened to EDM styles, which I don't really enjoy anymore. As a music producer, I find my place in the atmosphere of the 80's era. For me, it's the ultimate mix of instruments, the then new synthesiser and compostion.

Apart from that, when I want to relax, I tend to listen to Lofi beats, or Asian instrumental music
@Music my life , the santoor is a beautiful instrument.100 strings! Wow! Can you tell us anything else about it? It seems to be struck, rather than plucked to make its sound, but I couldn’t tell. I enjoyed the video, thanks.
@Laura , thank you for the musical selections you shared with us and for contrasting them. As @EraDiscordia said,”music depends on my mood”, and you gave us 2 very different ones, yet from the same culture. How did you first learn of this music and these musicians?
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@Laura , thank you for the musical selections you shared with us and for contrasting them. As @EraDiscordia said,”music depends on my mood”, and you gave us 2 very different ones, yet from the same culture. How did you first learn of this music and these musicians?

When I was 10 years old, I started playing drums. A friend of mine was playing electric guitar and listening to big names from the 70's and 80's (ACDC, Kiss, Deep Purple, Status Quo and many more). I got mostly into this kind of music because of him, but actually I liked Beatles, when I was about 6 ( we played it on tape in the car on the way to France). In secondary school, there was this thing called Jumpstyle, which got me into Hardstyle, and music production itself. This slowly faded away when I grew older. I went back to the 70's era again, listening mostly to Lynyrd Skynyrd, Outlaws (southern rock and such). This southern rock reminded me of my dream of making a road trip through the USA.

After that era, there was this period of dubstep, which I also really don't enjoy anymore, except for 'organic' dub/reggae ones. A few years later, there was stoner rock, which I also enjoy.

As said before, this is my 80's era. We'll see what comes after
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@Laura , thank you for the musical selections you shared with us and for contrasting them. As @EraDiscordia said,”music depends on my mood”, and you gave us 2 very different ones, yet from the same culture. How did you first learn of this music and these musicians?

I came across Vusi Mahlasela's music when I lived in South Africa. I think a friend introduced me to the music of Amadou and Mariam. Just to clarify, the musicians are from different cultures in countries that are 3,500+ miles apart. Amadou and Mariam combine "traditional Mali sound with rock guitars, Syrian violins, Cuban trumpets, Egyptian ney, Indian tablas and Dogon percussion" (Wikipedia). Meanwhile, Vusi Mahlasela's music has been strongly influenced by Apartheid. I myself am not a musician and I've never taken any music courses; I just know what I like to listen to! If I were a musician, I could probably describe their unique musical styles with more grace. 🙂
@Laura , thank you for your explanation about the music. I had wondered how you knew such musicians, not realizing you have lived there. I didn’t realize the musicians were from different cultures, good that you explained this to us.
I don’t know enough about world music and am hoping that people here will help me and others to learn and understand more about it.
For example, what is a “traditional Mali sound?”
You don’t need to be a musician to know what you enjoy. Sometimes knowing too much ruins the pleasure. You find yourself over analyzing what you hear when you simply should just take it in and appreciate it.