What type are you?
What kind (genre preferably) of music do you primarily listen to? Why?
My tastes are very eclectic, but I do tend to go in phases. I've been into jazz and big band phases, blues phases, old school country phases, etc. Right now I'm into guitar rock. I don't like metal at all, really, but I do love classic rock that has heavy electric guitar, mixed with a folk element. I have to have some balance to the loudness, whether it's in an acoustic element, complex lyrics, unexpected instruments or chord structures, etc. I'm in a really big 70s rock phase right now. I like the folk/electric mixes of early Led Zeppelin, Heart, Fleetwood Mac, etc. I love a really great guitar solo, that's thoughtfully phrased and adds to the song, rather than just the display of speed and volume. I love a lead singer who can mix the wailing with the softness, as well. And I'm an absolute sucker for vocal harmonies and dual guitar leads.
Do you value lyrics over the musical content? Or visa versa?
Both. It depends on the song. If a song has enough interesting musical elements, I don't really care if the lyrics don't make a lot of sense. Other songs, the lyrics are so brilliant that the music takes a back seat. But if the music sucks, the lyrics probably won't save it.
How do you think this music reflects upon you as a person?
I think the music I don't like probably reveals more about me as a person. I can't stand noise, and I can't stand overly produced, sentimental songs, such as the new country music. I can't stand most of the pop stuff on the radio. I think it just says that I like my music to be thoughtful and well put-together. I don't need to prove my street cred by liking all indie stuff, but at the same time, I don't like the mass-produced stuff that's clearly more product than statement.
The only weird thing is, I don't really like classical. I can appreciate it. But I only enjoy listening to certain compositions, and then only when I'm in a certain mood. Maybe it's a side effect of having to take piano lessons when I was young, who knows? I can't actively listen to classical music, though. It's either background white noise, or it's so intricate that it makes my brain race, and I can't listen to it as background. But then I can't multitask, and I don't like that. And I have to turn it off. I don't know what that says about me.