Here is where I begin to have an issue with commercial radio formatting but maybe it’s just me. I like a variety of music. Sometimes I am in the mood to listen to classic rock, other times I might be in the mood to hear something a little more raw and other times, I might want to hear something a little lighter. Just because I eat steak every day doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy a good chicken dish on occasion. Does it? For the life of me, I can’t understand why commercial radio formats are so narrow in their scope. In all honesty I believe most people want variety; they want to be exposed to music that they have not heard before. When I was growing up, we were exposed to new and interesting music; by way of the radio. Now days, I tend to be exposed to new music through television shows, commercials, and NPR which does a pretty good job of highlighting new and interesting artists. If you stopped listening to music in high school or college, as a lot of people do, it’s not because you lost interest in music, it’s because you lost the time, effort, and desire to seek it out. It’s still out there but it takes more of an effort these days to find it.
The bottom line is, there is an intimate relationship between the artist and the listener. No one should be telling you what you like it’s a personal decision. How do you know if a particular song is a great song if you’ve never heard it? If you like music, make an effort to find it. Make the effort to enjoy it.