I was probably around 12 or 13 when the radio really came into focus. It’s not to say I hadn’t heard music before, because I had, but this is probably when I really began to develop my taste in music. At the time all I wanted to listen to was country music. Country music at the time was really exploding in popularity in the 90’s and for me, the music really spoke to me and sounded real. To me, pop and rock music sounded awful and I didn’t want anything to do with it. I don’t know how I came to this conclusion because my parents didn’t really guide me towards any one musical genre. My dad liked the classic rock and pop of his youth, mainly the 50’s onward and my mom didn’t really listen to a lot of music and had turned country on because she heard it in a store one day and thought it sounded it pretty good in comparison to what other Americans were listening to at the time. So maybe that’s where it came from.
Regardless, I was really into country music. This continued into the early 2000’s. When I got my iPod Nano in college, I loaded it up with my favorite music and listened to it on the bus to and from school. It was nice being able to carry all this music around with me (at the time, 1,000 songs was a lot to have on any kind of player.)
Nowadays, I don’t listen to a lot of music. I don’t know why. It’s not that I don’t like it listening to it, it’s just that newer musicians have come and gone and the ones that I enjoyed listening to are either in semi-retirement or aren’t being played as much on the mainstream radios as much. I like the songs that I liked growing up and newer ones just don’t have the same appeal for whatever reason. Plus I just don’t turn on the radio as much.
I’m sure if I had one of the many apps that allows you to stream music, I’d be able to do so, but it’s a feature I don’t want to spend money at the moment. Maybe in the future I’ll look into it.