Don’t mind me, I’m just over here juxtaposing my music. What? You never juxtaposed your music? What about your clothes? Or maybe your interior design? Didn’t you know juxtaposing is the new black? Oh wait, that’s orange isn’t it? It’s hard to keep up.
The dictionary defines juxtapose thusly:
: to place (different things) together in order to create an interesting effect or to show how they are the same or different
There I was, just standing on the train this morning rocking out to AC/DC. If you’d told me 10 years ago that I’d be enjoying AC/DC I’d have called a psychiatrist for you. For the longest time I didn’t even know I was hearing AC/DC on the radio … and LOVING them! JD started my education in music appreciation by grilling me about songs as they came over the radio. Who was singing? What was the song? Was it a band or a solo performer? Like that. I’m still abysmal at identifying a lot of them, but I can almost always get Steve Miller, Tom Petty and Ozzy.
But back to my morning – AC/DC are blasting away on Up to My Neck in You, a song I’ve heard only a handful of times but love already.
I’m not full-out dancing but anyone watching can tell I’m enjoying the music, beating time on my umbrella handle, on the pole I’m using for support, tapping my foot. Hell, if it hadn’t been so crowded I might have danced a bit! No, I’m lying; I’d never dance in public – well not on the train anyway. Take me to a club and give me a beer or three and I’d be all over that dance floor. 😉
We’re still outside the station a ways when AC/DC ends and the next song begins. Thanks to shuffle, the very next song is Wrapped Up In You by Garth Brooks.
Two completely different types of music, but both express the same feelings, the same emotion. The language of music includes dialects that are 180 degrees apart. For so long I listened only to what I was familiar or comfortable with. Now that I’ve learned how much richer it is to have a wide-ranging, variety of music in my library, I’ve become a music explorer. When someone posts about a band or singer they like I make a note to check them out. When I hear an especially haunting track played during a favorite television program, I go looking for it. For example, I absolutely adore The Vespers! I never would have known about them except I watched the series Longmire before it was surprisingly cancelled (do NOT get me started on that!). The Vespers’ song Lawdy was featured during an intense scene and it was absolutely beautiful!
What dialects do you listen to? Do you actively seek new artists? Who are your favorites?