That is one long title, but honestly I don’t know how else to title this post. Basically, in this post I’m going to share some of the music I like that a lot of people surprise I like. I enjoy a wide variety of music in many different genres, and this post is definitely going to reflect that.
After taking classical piano for ten years, I have listened and played my fair share of classical music. I’m a particular fan of pieces (to be correct, all classical music is referred to as “pieces” not “songs”) in the minor key, which makes them a bit more….depressing? Some of my favorite composers include: Johann Friedrich Franz Burgmüller, Camille Saint-Saëns, Frédéric Chopin, a bit of Phillip Glass, and then some simple Ludwig van Beethoven to finish off the list. If you’re someone who doesn’t usually listen to classical music, I recommend listening to the classical pieces I’ve included in the playlist at the bottom of this post while laying down with your eyes closed. Just go with it. Listen. Feel. Cry, even. Note: I’ve personally played both of the classical pieces I included and if you’re a classical pianist these pieces are some of the most fun and difficult pieces I’ve ever played in my life.
I don’t really know how to describe this category so I’m just smushing these two together and calling it one. My dad introduced me to Bon Iver and I immediately turned it up (when you hear Bon Iver you will either get it or not) and couldn’t stop listening to his self-titled album. A month or two later I bought his other album, For Emma, Forever Ago and his EP Blood Bank as well as Come Talk To Me and now own almost all of Bon Iver’s songs. These are my soft nights jams because gosh I love him. Also rainy days.
As for M83, I discovered M83 on Pandora and then basically went on iTunes, listened to the :30 samplers and bought the album Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (which, mind you, is two discs) and loved it. I’ll be making a post about this band and this album soon, because there’s a couple of really cool things about it I want to share. But basically, this album is amazing. And there are good songs on it other than Midnight City which seems to be the only one people play. (URG.)
My mother raised me on a steady diet of Motown, and often quizzes me on various Motown acts. (Basically, it’s her goal that I will be able to recognize them all before I leave the house.) As a kid, I adored Aretha Franklin, The Supremes, made up dance moves to The Temptations, and clapped along to The Marvelettes. If you’ve never heard of some of these, my heart is breaking inside and am now requiring you go listen to the songs I’ve included. Because your mind is about to be blown.
The Dixie Chicks
My dad is a folk singer, so I listened to my fair share of folk & country growing up. (Also, being from Texas helped in this category.) The Dixie Chicks were an early love of mine, and I still can sing all of the lyrics to Travlin’ Soldier and Long Time Gone. I’ve met Marty and she was one of the nicest people, and they’ve all done great things even though the band broke up. So, yeah. The Dixie Chicks are awesome. (I also thought they also had super cool hair when I was eight.)
Frank Ocean/The Weeknd
I’m putting these together, because I commonly recommend these to my friends and they’re always really surprised I like them. My dad also introduced me to Frank Ocean, and I absolutely fell in love with his album. I like just about every song, but some highlights are Lost and Forrest Gump, as well as Novacene which was an earlier single. As for The Weeknd, I first heard him when I listened to Ellie Goulding’s cover of High For This and really liked the song. So, I checked out the rest of his songs and w-o-w. I recently bought Trilogy, the three disc album of his, while I was in New York and I love it. I’ve put my favorite in the playlist.
For some reason, not many people have heard of James Blake, and I feel like this is one of the saddest things I’ve ever heard in my life. His music is Electronica (whatever the heck that means) and it’s amazing. His voice is really great, and the song of a James Blake song is something you can either sit down and just listen to or jam out to with your friends. His album was one of the best purchases I ever made (and I bought it on sale. So I win.)
MSMR/London Grammar/St. Lucia/The xx
These are all grouped together on Spotify, and I can kind of get why, so I’m sticking them together too. MSMR is just plain cool, with the soulful lyrics and incredible music mixed with spot-on vocals. London Grammar makes my heart sing with Hannah Reid’s voice. Then there’s St. Lucia which is like an 80′s throwback and makes me dance. The xx is just… no words for The xx. You just have to listen, because that’s how I fell in love – it randomly came on my Pandora station.
Well, that’s it for the music people don’t assume I would like – but do! There’s a ton more, but this is some of the most questioned of it and also some of the stuff I most commonly recommend. Go listen to the playlist I’ve made on Spotify with a sampling of all of the artists/genres mentioned above and let me know what you like!