Does music say more about the musician or the listener? Most people are pretty unaware of the way the music business works. Most of the time, songwriters are hired-guns, putting words in the mouths of their clients to make them sound deep, romantic, or more mature than they are. How much can a fourteen-year-old really know about love and loss? Not much, of course, which is where songwriters come in. Most of the time, the music actually says little about the performer. The listener, on the other hand, chooses their music because it speaks to something deep within them.
Some songs appeal to us because the lyrics touch on issues or themes we deal with in our lives or care deeply about. Other times, a melody can bring up visceral feelings that seem to come out of nowhere. There are songs we know we love from the first guitar lick the very first time we hear them, and then there are songs that grow on us the more we hear them.
Studies have found that the music we listen to when we are in our formative years becomes the core of what we listen to our whole lives, meaning that in a few decades there will be young kids lamenting how their grandparents continuously listen to Jay Z and Beyonce, AKA "old people music." Music is tied no only to our ages, but to social movements, movies we cherish, or formative experiences we had while listening to them. Songs transport us to other cultures, to fantasy worlds, or to times in our lives when we went through trauma or achieved victory.
By making a few musical choices, you will telegraph things about yourself that perhaps even you were not aware of. Answer a few questions for this quiz and discover something about yourself.