I’ve been listening to a bunch of pop music lately, which is a bit out of character for me. From the time I was in fifth grade until sometime in high school, I tried really hard to be a tiny snob and listened almost exclusively to classical music, with a little jazz and folk/Americana thrown in.
Thankfully, I outgrew that once I got into high school.
I didn’t listen to what everybody else was listening to–there were two Top 40/pop stations and a few country stations (of course, playing mostly country-pop), and I didn’t particularly care for them–instead, I got into older stuff. The British Invasion. Surf rock. Art rock. Experimental rock. Psychedelic rock. I wanted to hear everything.
My brief, brief career as a music major actually killed my love for music for quite a while. I couldn’t listen to classical music without thinking about how much of a failure I’d been as a clarinetist. Even non-classical music made my chest hurt, because so many of my classmates were good at singing and playing multiple instruments. It took me a little while to bounce back, but when I did, I wanted to listen to everything again.
I’m not sure what’s gotten me to listen to newer pop music so much these days. Maybe it’s some repressed urge to be a teenager, because I spent so many of my teenage years being that dorky kid nobody liked. (It was so not hot to be a nerd where and when I was growing up.) At any rate, I’m trying to roll with this and enjoy it. I haven’t found a single song by Fun. that I don’t like, I was one of those eagerly anticipating Katy Perry’s “Roar” and Lady Gaga’s “Applause”, and I’m looking forward to Maroon 5’s next studio album.
Crazy, isn’t it?