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Mon Jun 3, 2019, 02:10 AM

Does Taste in Music Change? Become "Mature"?

Had the "top three bands on a desert island" conversation with my brother in law this afternoon. He told me he used to be into Zeppelin and The Who, but his taste in music changed. Yet he is still going to choose The Beatles as one of the bands he listens to on the island. That seems strange to me. Maybe it's because I started out on The Beatles when I was really young and then branched out into other rock bands? I thought of it as a progression (no disrespect to The Beatles.) Are certain bands commonly viewed as "immature" when people get into their forties or fifties?

Or maybe I'm venting because Zeppelin are rock gods!

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Reply Does Taste in Music Change? Become "Mature"? (Original post)
ProudLib72 Jun 2019 OP
TalenaGor Jun 2019 #1
CentralMass Jun 2019 #2
flibbitygiblets Jun 2019 #17
msongs Jun 2019 #3
hlthe2b Jun 2019 #6
50 Shades Of Blue Jun 2019 #4
ProudLib72 Jun 2019 #9
50 Shades Of Blue Jun 2019 #16
MFM008 Jun 2019 #5
oregonjen Jun 2019 #7
Initech Jun 2019 #8
ProudLib72 Jun 2019 #11
Initech Jun 2019 #12
ProudLib72 Jun 2019 #13
Initech Jun 2019 #14
zanana1 Jun 2019 #21
Turin_C3PO Jun 2019 #25
Initech Jun 2019 #38
Lady Freedom Returns Jun 2019 #10
Brainfodder Jun 2019 #15
PufPuf23 Jun 2019 #18
jcgoldie Jun 2019 #20
Turin_C3PO Jun 2019 #24
UTUSN Jun 2019 #19
Leith Jun 2019 #22
ProudLib72 Jun 2019 #26
Turin_C3PO Jun 2019 #23
ProudLib72 Jun 2019 #27
True Dough Jun 2019 #28
ProudLib72 Jun 2019 #32
True Dough Jun 2019 #36
guillaumeb Jun 2019 #29
True Dough Jun 2019 #37
guillaumeb Jun 2019 #39
PoindexterOglethorpe Jun 2019 #30
Hoyt Jun 2019 #31
ProudLib72 Jun 2019 #33
Hoyt Jun 2019 #35
Harker Jun 2019 #34
Codeine Jun 2019 #40

Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Mon Jun 3, 2019, 02:26 AM

1. *waves* check-in @ 50- not yet! lol

And yes zep are the gods of all rock!!

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Mon Jun 3, 2019, 02:35 AM

2. I'm 59 and still like Led Zepplin.

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Response to CentralMass (Reply #2)

Mon Jun 3, 2019, 02:56 PM

17. 54yo, still love Zep. And yes, musical taste

does evolve. My 19yo stepdaughter grew up loving pop music, but over the years she grew to appreciate more mature music. Proud to say she's s now totally into Zeppelin!

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Mon Jun 3, 2019, 02:56 AM

3. beatles are extremely musical with a wide variety of sounds. most bands just crank out the same

old thing with variations here and there

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Response to msongs (Reply #3)

Mon Jun 3, 2019, 07:24 AM

6. Yes. I think you'd want some variety of styles in your limited "three" collection & beatles achieves

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Mon Jun 3, 2019, 06:21 AM

4. I guess mine hasn't...

I'm 66, and I'll take the Beatles over Led Zep any day. They just weren't and aren't my cup of tea. But I still love Jimmy Page's former band, the Yardbirds! I even saw him play with them when they were part of one of those Dick Clark Caravans, in November '66.

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Response to 50 Shades Of Blue (Reply #4)

Mon Jun 3, 2019, 12:27 PM

9. You saw them live?

Jealous!

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #9)

Mon Jun 3, 2019, 02:31 PM

16. Yep! Here's the whole bill --

November 26, 1966 Washington Coliseum, Washington DC Talent: Dino, Desi & Billy, Little Anthony, Sam the Sham & The Pharaohs, The Yardbirds, Distant Cousins, Bobby Hebb, Brian Hyland

https://concerts.fandom.com/wiki/Dick_Clark%27s_Caravan_of_Stars_1966

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Mon Jun 3, 2019, 06:29 AM

5. Mine is still the same

Teens to 60....

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Mon Jun 3, 2019, 10:27 AM

7. Lyrics take on different meanings in each stage of life for me

I hear songs that were popular when I was a teenager and I don’t like them now. Then again, there are songs I listen to that are much more meaningful as I age.
I would take The Beatles, John Denver and maybe some Bach or Vivaldi. Classical wouldn’t have been on my radar when I was young.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Mon Jun 3, 2019, 11:01 AM

8. I'm almost 40 and I love a wide variety of music.

Old bands, new bands. Young musicians, experienced musicians. All kinds of different styles and genres, you name it!

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Response to Initech (Reply #8)

Mon Jun 3, 2019, 01:31 PM

11. Well sure, if it's good, it's good

But it doesn't mean that, as soon as you find a new band, the old band you were listening to suddenly become lame.

Which reminds me that I need to go listen to some Neutral Milk Hotel.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #11)

Mon Jun 3, 2019, 01:39 PM

12. Yeah just because I listen to Amon Amarth and Ghost, doesn't mean Iron Maiden is suddenly lame.

And I'm going to see all 3 bands this year!

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Response to Initech (Reply #12)

Mon Jun 3, 2019, 01:48 PM

13. No one will see Cobalt with me!

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #13)

Mon Jun 3, 2019, 01:55 PM

14. I wind up going to a lot of shows by myself.

Like I'm a huge Steven Wilson fan, no one else I know likes Steven Wilson so it's impossible to find anyone to go to his shows. Same for a lot of the hard rock and metal that I listen to. So I wind up going anyways because it definitely beats sitting at home listening to the albums on my computer!

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Response to Initech (Reply #14)

Tue Jun 4, 2019, 07:47 AM

21. I went to an Aerosmith cover band concert alone last month.

The place was packed, but they were just all right.

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Response to Initech (Reply #14)

Tue Jun 4, 2019, 10:53 PM

25. I love Steve Wilson and Porcupine Tree!

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Response to Turin_C3PO (Reply #25)

Tue Jun 4, 2019, 11:58 PM

38. Cool!

I just got In Absentia on vinyl, and I really want to get Blackfield II and Grace For Drowning on vinyl as well. I want to see Steven Wilson live again when he comes back to LA for sure.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Mon Jun 3, 2019, 12:34 PM

10. I've been eclectic all my life.

From classical to modern. So I guess I'm not the best to answer this.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Mon Jun 3, 2019, 02:00 PM

15. If I liked it in youth I still like it.

3 bands only, hmmm probably:

The Guess Who
Toto
Queen

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Mon Jun 3, 2019, 04:45 PM

18. Stones, Dead, Zappa all time favs

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Attended shows regularly from 67 up to 1988, last show was Dead and Nevilles in Oakland Arena (Henry Kaiser Auditorium)

Fortunate to have been local for Fillmore West (68-71) plus Winterland and later lived in Berkeley on and off from 73-87. Since 88 saw the remnants of Spirit in a Eureka beer bar in 93 and David Lindley in another Eureka beer bar in 94. But saw Samantha Fish at Stateline NV Aug 18 and have tickets for SF Sept 19 at South Lake Tahoe.

Except for SF and other blues musicians mostly listen to music from mid 60s to mid 80s.

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Response to PufPuf23 (Reply #18)

Mon Jun 3, 2019, 11:18 PM

20. Great choices PufPuf

I replace Zappa with Clapton... wife and I gearing up for 2 Dead&Co weekends this summer in Chicago and Boulder!

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Response to PufPuf23 (Reply #18)

Tue Jun 4, 2019, 10:51 PM

24. I wish I was alive when Zappa was touring.

Well, I was alive but pretty young. He’s probably my favorite artist.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Mon Jun 3, 2019, 08:35 PM

19. Yip, changes *drastically* - even genres AND even to NO music!1

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Tue Jun 4, 2019, 10:41 PM

22. Not mine

I still like some good, rollicking Ringo Starr pop, Tom Lehrer, Led Zeppelin, a Strauss waltz, Irish, operetta, and folk performed without electricity. The only thing I added was a bit of punk. If it was good enough for 1970, it's good enough for me.



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Response to Leith (Reply #22)

Tue Jun 4, 2019, 10:53 PM

26. I saw Fugazi in the mid 90s

That was the last concert I actually enjoyed. Can you imagine what it would have been like to see The Ramones or Sex Pistols live? Now there is only one punk band from recent times that I like: Refused.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Tue Jun 4, 2019, 10:50 PM

23. My taste in music has remained the same since high school.

Beatles, Zappa, and classic Hard Rock/Heavy Metal. I do appreciate Jazz and modern classical more than I used to.

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Response to Turin_C3PO (Reply #23)

Tue Jun 4, 2019, 10:56 PM

27. Zappa you say?

I would never have guessed.

I've been to the Zappa memorial in Lithuania: https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/frank-zappa-memorial

Actually, it was kind of a fluke. I was staying in some dorms about a block away from the memorial, and I passed by it every time I left to go into town.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Tue Jun 4, 2019, 11:00 PM

28. I'm 46. Zeppelin and the Beatles were before my time

but I've grown to appreciate them. That said, I still eat the candy that is top 40, at least some of it. I check out new releases every Friday and repeatedly listen to the songs that grab me.

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Response to True Dough (Reply #28)

Tue Jun 4, 2019, 11:07 PM

32. I only turned 47 last month, so we are not that far apart in age

I was listening to the Beatles by the time I was five. Zeppelin came much later. When I go to the music store, I head straight to the metal listening section and don't leave. Having said that, I turned on the car radio for twenty minutes this morning and heard Blondie and Nirvana. That was good.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #32)

Tue Jun 4, 2019, 11:26 PM

36. Blondie and Nirvana are okay

I'm more partial to Coldplay and Collective Soul. Also love some Simon and Garfunkel. Top 40, pop, alternative. That's where it's at for me. No country, no jazz, no classical.

As for metal, I went through a period where I listened to a lot of KISS. Not much of a "metal head" though.

EDITED TO ADD: I'm fond of Post Malone too!

EDITED AGAIN!!! Because I want to say that I'm not a big rap fan but I'm hooked on this new tune...




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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Tue Jun 4, 2019, 11:00 PM

29. I discovered the Cranberries (and Delores O'Riordan) this year.

My loss.

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Response to guillaumeb (Reply #29)

Tue Jun 4, 2019, 11:28 PM

37. No, your gain!

You could still be oblivious to Delores's rich vocals. Glad you are aware of their talent, even if they won't be cranking out more albums. That said, are you aware of this release from earlier this year?


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Response to True Dough (Reply #37)

Wed Jun 5, 2019, 01:47 PM

39. True. It was my loss for the time I was unaware of them.

Thank you for the link.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Tue Jun 4, 2019, 11:00 PM

30. Most people's musical tastes are formed

by the time they are twenty or so, and never really change much. We especially are unlikely to change our favorites.

That said, in recent years I've taken up liking Native American instrumental music that I find here in New Mexico. I find classical Western music, which I always liked (along with the bands of my youth naturally!) to be unpleasant to listen to. I certainly wouldn't call this a maturation of my taste, just a change. I keep on expecting I'll stop liking the new music and want to go back to the old, but I'm 11 years into this new phase at age 70.

When I do Geeks Who Drink, I almost never recognize a single song in the audio round. Although one time they did have Bobby Darin singing "Mack the Knife" and I was the only one on our team old enough to recognize it.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Tue Jun 4, 2019, 11:06 PM

31. I've gotten where I prefer acoustic instruments and vocals, to rock music. I still like

“protest” music, folk music, and the like. Still have my black light too.

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #31)

Tue Jun 4, 2019, 11:13 PM

33. Acoustic? Like this?



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Response to ProudLib72 (Reply #33)

Tue Jun 4, 2019, 11:21 PM

35. That works. My favorite music today is Mandolin Orange, acoustic Steve Earle, etc.

A Hendrix Unplugged would have been awesome.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Tue Jun 4, 2019, 11:19 PM

34. My tastes have broadened.

I still listen to rock and blues, but along the way I added opera, film score music, Sinatra, punk, etc., etc.

There's little from my youth that I would no longer enjoy.

My first 45 rpm was Bobby Darin's "Splish Splash" and my most recent CD a thrift store copy of a Merle Haggard collection.

I suppose, in a way, that expanding tastes is a sign of maturity - at least a more open mind.

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Response to ProudLib72 (Original post)

Wed Jun 5, 2019, 05:55 PM

40. Absolutely. I embraced a lot of extreme music later in life.

I was in my forties before I started listening to black metal, and my taste in jazz just keeps getting more and more “out there” over time.

But I’ll never like Led Zeppelin. That’s musical torture for me.

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