There are very few people who do not like music of some kind or another. From jazz to hip hop, country, punk, or African beat, most cultures have a tie to music. Heck some people even like that Irish stuff. What is it about music that makes it so great?
Some music sucks, I am not going to kid you, there are some songs I just hate. Yet, somewhere in the world there is somebody who loves that song, or that kind of music they love it so much, they play it over and over. My tastes and your tastes will not be the same. They may not even be vaguely close, but yet, I bet there is one song, somewhere, on some disc or record, that both of us will enjoy. In some way, we are all connected through music. This is what makes music so great, and an important part in our lives.
Most music is made of one or more instruments, however some music is made by people, such as ancient Tuvan throat singing, or more recently, beat boxing. Rap is a music style that started out in poor cultures who lacked musical instruments, so used their voices in a rhythmic manner. Personally I am not a fan of rap, however I did greatly enjoy Eminem’s movie Eight Mile, and particularly the clever lyrics they used in the final rap challenge. But what I am saying is that everyone can make music. Even people who do not have instruments.
What interests me in music is the lyrics. I prefer the profound, meaningful songs. Ones that maybe tell a story, but more often tell you about humanity or something bigger than simply holding hands. I want a song that is musically intelligent and lyrically interesting. It should be no surprise to anyone that I am a U2 fan, and have been for many years. I find the lyrics to be very well thought out, not all the meanings are picked up by every listener, making it not too “in your face” for some, and the music can stand alone. For those who want a message, U2, and other bands like them are ready to deliver. Plus Bono was particularly hot looking when I first saw him, in the “New Years Day” video.
Most people like music similar to what they were exposed to through their teen years. Often as adults we hear a tune and it takes us back to a time in our lives, ushering in memories, good and bad. I admit when I hear a Joni Mitchell song it always makes me nostalgic for a lost youth. You may even find a song makes you sad for no apparent reason, but in retrospect, perhaps when you first heard the song you were going through a sad time in your life.