Having contemplated music a couple days ago in passing, I decided to frankenstein this tag together from various “music tag” questions around the internet as a more interesting way for me to write about my own musical preferences.
I’m sure my tastes are a bit polarizing since I tend to stay within a very specific sound and emotional range (i.e. melancholy, grey*, pensive, perhaps existential, angsty and/or lovelorn indie pop & folk). Not that I don’t listen to other stuff, but that’s my home base as it were.
I’m not trying to take myself too seriously here. I’m no music connoisseur. I just like doing these tags, and have ever since my friends and I used to forward them back and forth via email, when that was a thing like 15 years ago. Now they just float around Facebook and YouTube and annoy people, but come on, we all secretly want to fill them out, right?
1. Favorite bands/artists:
Bands: Bastille, Sea Wolf, Walk Off the Earth.
Artists: Gabrielle Aplin, Ingrid Michaelson, Kimbra, Regina Spektor, Sia, Ron Pope.
2. One band you always come back to:
3. Favorite movie Korean drama soundtrack:
City Hunter, Playful Kiss, and Master’s Sun.
4. What is/are your favorite song(s) of all time?
Since I can’t choose one or even a few, here are my Top 10 at the moment (in no particular order and I’ll probably change my mind later):
- “In the Sea” by Ingrid Michaelson
- “Eet” by Regina Spektor
- “Clean” by Taylor Swift (can’t link to the actual song because Tswift has a huge self-important copyright complex. *eye roll* Your loss Taytay, I’m trying to promote you here. I’ll promote Kina Grannis’ cover instead.)
- “Things We Lost in the Fire” by Bastille
- “Human” by Gabrielle Aplin
- “Praan” by Garry Schyman (yes, as featured in “Where the Hell is Matt?”)
- “O Children” by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
- “얼마나 좋을까 / How Nice Would It Be” by Kang San-Ae
- “Take Us Back” by Alela Diane
- “One Grain of Sand” by Ron Pope
5. What was the last song you listened to?
6. Most embarrassing song on your iTunes:
Ashley Tisdale 😂😂😂
7. Top 3 most played songs on your iTunes:
I no longer have iTunes on my computer, but if I recall correctly from before I came to Korea:
- “All You Had To Do Was Stay” by Taylor Swift
- “October Trees” by Ron Pope
- “Things We Lost in the Fire” by Bastille
8. Favorite concert you’ve attended:
I have never attended a concert. *oops*
9. First album you ever bought?
I think it was “With The Beatles” on CD.
10. Favorite album of all time?
“Human Again”, “Everybody”, or “Girls and Boys” by Ingrid Michaelson. “Bad Blood” by Bastille. “English Rain” by Gabrielle Aplin. Was I supposed to just pick one?
11. Favorite song that is also the only song you know by that band/artist?
12. Do you share any musical tastes with your parents? Does it put you off when they like the same music as you?
When I was a teenager, of course I tried to avoid liking the same music as my parents. But considering the wide variety of genres and artists that they introduced me to, especially my dad, we inevitably have some overlap with each other, and I’m finally mature enough to think that’s nice. My mom and I like Taylor Swift (no hate please), and my dad liked Sia way before she was cool. Just as an example.
13. Three favorite genres of music?
Indie pop, indie folk, singer-songwriter (that counts, okay?).
14. Favorite guilty pleasure music?
Avril Lavigne, Vanessa Carlton, ’90s and ’00s pop to remind me of growing up.
15. If you had to choose a song to listen to forever, what would it be?
If this question means only being able to listen to one song, but I can choose when to listen to it: “Strip Me” by Natasha Bedingfield.
“But Maddy, that isn’t even on your Top 10!” No, but my Top 10 songs are all kinda woeful and moody, and if I can only listen to one song for the rest of my life it’d better be something that can pick my spirits up and motivate me.
But if this means I’d have to listen to it on repeat, nonstop, no respite, forever: 4’33” by John Cage.
As I alluded to at the start of this post, the trouble with music is the same as the reason it’s so amazing: it’s different for every person. Each of us experiences music in a totally unique way, and therefore listening to someone else talk about their taste in music is never quite as fun as talking about your own taste in music… or simply experiencing your own taste in music.
Therefore feel free to answer these questions yourself in the comments (I’d be interested!) or on your own blog or in your own head or whatever. Whatever works for you.
*I spell grey the British way because that spelling seems more true to the color than gray. Grey is more grey than gray.