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Old 02-13-2013, 11:04 AM   #31 (permalink)
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Couldn't someone who listens to a ton of different genres be someone with a very multi-layered personality or a very broad range of interests and emotional intelligence?
One could make that assumption, but I don't think one should feel obligated to fit into that category when trying to expand their musical knowledge. That would be putting prerequisites on music genres which is not something that should be done.
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Old 02-13-2013, 11:13 AM   #32 (permalink)
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I think the important thing is that the topic is essentially talking about stereotyping, and stereotyping diminishes the individual. It doesn't mean that stereotypes are wrong (they wouldn't exist if their wasn't some truth to them), but we all have traits that are exceptions to the stereotype being applied on us.

For music, we all have our guilty pleasures. Of course, some of us might hide such things, but they show that we are listening to something that doesn't necessarily fit our personality regardless of whether we are open about it or not.
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Old 02-16-2013, 06:17 AM   #33 (permalink)
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I wouldn't say so. I'm a guy with long black hair down my back, but I'd be annoyed if somebody assumed I only listened to metal. It's difficult to guess what type of music people like by their apperance or what type of person they are because the majority of the time you'd be really surprised.
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Old 02-16-2013, 07:25 AM   #34 (permalink)
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I don't think you are what you listen to, but I do think you listen to what you are.
Yes, I think judging based on music taste is just as reliable as judging based off of appearance, etc.
I like the idea but I disagree. I listen and enjoy a lot of gangsta rap and I'm an 18 yr old white kid who lives in the rural north country. Does that mean I'm listening to this music because I'm actually a gangster? Physically (literally) or mentally?
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no i don't think you are what you listen to at all. People have jumped to conclusions in the past based on my music taste and have been surprised and probably a little disappointed at me 'in person'. My fav bands include such as Cameraobscura and Belle & Sebastian but i'm not cool or arty, i don't wear quirky but cute vintage clothes, i don't look like Amelie or knit mittens for mates or have a vinyl collection of cool 80's bands.....manic street preachers i've loved since i was 19 (now 37) but i don't spend my days reading Plath or turn ordering a pizza into a political debate or lengthy discourse on the communist mannifesto....
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Old 02-16-2013, 07:46 AM   #36 (permalink)
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Holy ****, did I miss the point of this thread.
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:06 AM   #37 (permalink)
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No more than what your favourite films/tv shows/games are.

Some people like to "brand" themselves though. And I'm going to sound a bit judgemental but those people usually do it because they don't seem to have much else going on/interesting about them. (ie 1 genre with matching hair/clothes and the works).

And then on the flip side you get people boasting about their range of taste and how it shows how x they are.

So in short no, you can draw links between the two sure, but not much more beyond that.
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I like the idea but I disagree. I listen and enjoy a lot of gangsta rap and I'm an 18 yr old white kid who lives in the rural north country. Does that mean I'm listening to this music because I'm actually a gangster? Physically (literally) or mentally?
Woah, you're way younger than I thought you were.
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Old 02-16-2013, 09:31 AM   #39 (permalink)
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Holy ****, did I miss the point of this thread.
What do you mean, Plankton?

I loved you post and I think your answer was the closest to what I was talking about to begin with. Other people have taken it as an "appearance" thing, which I didn't really think about but I enjoyed reading...

When I ask, "does the music you listen to define you as a person?" I meant the lyrics, sounds, and emotions the music conveys...I aspire to be as creative as Dave Matthews or as calm and tranquil as Origa, and often I wish I was as epic as Howard Shore. Music that I like is a part of me, but it has nothing to do with appearances..

Or then again, am I part of the music I listen to? It's a constant question in my mind. But yeah, some songs/artists really speak to my soul and reflect, I think, who I am.
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What do you mean, Plankton?

I loved you post and I think your answer was the closest to what I was talking about to begin with. Other people have taken it as an "appearance" thing, which I didn't really think about but I enjoyed reading...

When I ask, "does the music you listen to define you as a person?" I meant the lyrics, sounds, and emotions the music conveys...I aspire to be as creative as Dave Matthews or as calm and tranquil as Origa, and often I wish I was as epic as Howard Shore. Music that I like is a part of me, but it has nothing to do with appearances..

Or then again, am I part of the music I listen to? It's a constant question in my mind. But yeah, some songs/artists really speak to my soul and reflect, I think, who I am.
So, I wasn't being loopy after all. I tend to get that way the morning after a hard night of drinking.

One of the best examples of becoming a part of the music is dancing. Self expression has so many levels though.
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