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MY PLAYLIST The Artists and Genres I Love Listening To
I’ve never been a musically talented person. I tried playing guitar when I was a kid, but I never could seem to pick it up. Despite my musical limitations, I believe music connects humans in ways other mediums can’t. Whenever I hear a song from my teenage years or my early 20s, I’m instantly transported to that time and the memories I made. As I’ve grown, the music I listen to has become less about the beats and the rhythm and more about the meaning behind the words. It’s powerful to listen to what artists are creating and find ways to relate. So in honor of World Music Day on June 21, I want to offer some nostalgia and share a few of my favorite artists and concerts. I’m sure many of you will be able to relate to my list and the evolution of your tastes. I can’t wait to hear the stories that are evoked from this list. After all, we all have a personal connection to music, no matter what it sounds like. I’m always impressed with how timeless music from my 20s is, and I know this because I frequently hear it on the radio, in stores, in movies, and in other places. I’m not sure today’s music is going to have the same effect. The period of my youth and into my 20s seems special, so I continue to listen to music from that era today. If you were to look at my playlists, you’d likely find the following bands: Led Zeppelin, Kansas, Blue Öyster Cult, Journey, Don Henley, and Steppenwolf. If you couldn’t tell, I’m a fan of classic rock. It has a way of causing you to tap your foot or get lost in the beat that I think no other form of music has mastered yet. Everyone can relate to rock music, and nothing really compares to rock performed live, either. I’ve been to concerts performed by Bruce Springsteen, Steve Miller Band, J. Geils, The Marshall Tucker Band, Harry Chapin, America, Gordon Lightfoot, and Peter Frampton. There’s just something catchy about each one of these artists, whether it’s Springsteen’s nostalgic lyrics or the collective sense of connection we all feel when belting out “Don’t Stop Believin’.” It’s just like when Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” comes on. How do you not just get charged up after you hear that song?
specifically Gregorian chants, when I’m in the mood for it. I actually have classical music pumping through my earbuds or speakers when I work out. There’s something very motivating about getting lost in the melody and focusing on my personal health with few distractions. So, there you have it: my personal music breakdown. I’d love to hear how many of you are fans of these artists as well or if you have any music recommendations for me.
Of course, I don’t limit my preferences to the music of my youth. I have branched out, and I actually really enjoy listening to classical music,
– H. Charles Jelinek, Jr., DDS
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