Chris at Mixing Memory has a post about correlating one’s favorite music with one’s personality.
Learn just what a fuddy-duddy I am by reading this list:
- Saint-Saens, Symphony #3 (the “Organ Symphony”)
- Beethoven, Symphony #7 (esp. the 2nd movement)
- Dvorak, the “New World” Symphony (#9)
- Schubert, String Quintet in C Major (the cello quintet)
- Copeland, “Fanfare for the Common Man”
- Helmet by the Bobs
- Holtz, “Jupiter” from “The Planets”
- Tchaikovsy, Violin Concerto
- Widor, Toccata for Organ from Symphony #5
- Brahms, Symphony #1
Most people will quickly notice that it’s 90% classical music, and their eyes will immediately glaze over. Those who know anything about classical music may make something out of the tendency towards 19th-century orchestral music….
Addendum: Of course, this list is too short. There’s a whole lot of classical music I love that’s not on there. But there’s other stuff I like too. In no specific order:
Kool and the Gang’s “Celebrate Good Times.” Generally, it’s not a style of music I’m fond of. The driving drumbeat of most popular music from 1950 or later often sets off my “highly sensitive person” whiskers, leaving me wanting an out. But “Celebration” was what they always played at the Oakland Colosseum whenever one of the A’s would hit a home run, or when they would win a game. As such, I have a lot of visceral positive associations with that.
All of the Bobs. I love the a capella sound. I also love their wacky, offbeat sense of humor. I haven’t heard much of “They Might Be Giants,” but I’ve liked what I’ve heard of that as well.
“In the Mood” by Glen Miller. Indeed, I like a fair amount of Jazz, and sometimes listen to it on the radio. I prefer the all-instrumental jazz to vocals, but I like a lot of it. “In the Mood” is probably my favorite.
Sondheim and other Broadway musicals. Some more than others. I’ve done a lot of community theater, I’ve played my violin in a few orchestras, and I’ve performed in (and been the stage manager or producer of) several community theater productions of musicals. I like a lot of that stuff.
John Williams soundtracks. To a lot of people, this sounds like classical music, but many people who study and know classical music get offended by the suggestion that this media tie-in popular pablum is at all the same thing. But, heck, I’m a physicist, not a musicologist. I’m allowed to get a thrill out of the theme to Raiders of the Lost Ark or Star Wars. My single favorite composition by John Williams is probably the Olympic overture he wrote for the 1984 Olympics.