I’m sitting in my family room writing today — thanks to the patio door overlooking the back yard, it’s nice and bright as opposed to my cave of an office.  I love writing out here, but normally can’t get any work done as there’s always someone home wandering in and out, turning on the television or talking so I can’t concentrate. So I usually end up retreating to the office with its door firmly closed. (Except when Spike starts meowing and clawing at it to come in.)

But today, everyone’s at work, so I’m taking advantage of the opportunity.  I’ve got the television turned on, but to one of those “music” channels.  I have it turned to the country channel.  A few years ago, I would never have turned to it, but while I was writing Texas Tangle, I found that listening to country music helped get me in the right frame of mind to think country.  Color me shocked when I discovered I actually liked country. Oh, I had Shania’s CDs (she is Canadian after all) and what respectable Canadian didn’t have a Gordon Lightfoot’s the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald stashed somewhere? But I was raised in a household where classical ruled.  I will admit that in my teen years I rebelled and subjected my parents to Deep Purple and Black Sabbath at full blast. But those classical LPs were replaced with CDs and downloaded onto iTunes — Elgar’s Nimrod variation is one of my favorites. Sooo moving.

And I also tend to listen to a lot of soundtracks, especially when I’m writing. They seem to help set a mood. The one I have been obsessively listening to for the historical I’m working on right now is Last of the Mohicans.

But lately, when I just want to listen to music without having to a set a mood, I’ve found myself cuing up Tim McGraw. (Damn, that man is HOT.) 

When I run through my Tim collection then I cue up Lady Antebellum, Lone Star, Brad Paisley, Mrs. McGraw Faith Hill, Garth Brooks, Toby Keith, Reba (well, okay I’d always liked her stuff), Martina McBride…the list goes on and on…

It’s sort of like how I used to hate yogurt as a child, but now I like it as an adult. Same goes with beets. Ugh as a child, yum, now.

Have you changed tastes over the years? Ever had something that you didn’t used to like that you like now?

Changing Tastes

8 thoughts on “Changing Tastes

  • August 23, 2010 at 6:45 am

    Leah, I did the same thing. Freshman orientation I was stuck on a five hour bus ride w/ only country to listen to–now it's my favorite, much to the chagrin of my rock'n'roll loving family. Great post topic!

  • August 23, 2010 at 7:17 am

    Okay, I don't think I'll ever get to the point where I'll call Country Music my favorite, but a year and a half in Paso Robles, CA (full name: El Paso de Robles, or what I like to think of as the "other" El Paso)did force me to broaden my horizons a little in that regard.

    I'm still very eclectic in my musical tastes.

  • August 23, 2010 at 10:49 am

    I've always been a rock fan and always will be!!!!

    I listen to a wide variety of music from classic to pop to country….but rock is my all time favourite.

    in Germany

  • August 23, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    I prefer whats called classic rock lol. Also tend to like a lot of the ballard type songs.
    Big fan of Bee Gees, Def Leppard, Poison, Cher, Tina Turner etc.

    When I was in the states for 6 months oh 10 years ago I was introduced to Tim McGraw. Loved him but unless I purchase overseas and ship not easy to get his stuff here.

  • August 23, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    That song, it is said,
    never leaves your poor head,
    when you think of "Edmund Fitzgerald!"

    I don't know the words
    So I'll make a bunch up,
    Altho' I know not what it herald-z!

    The rest of the night
    This damned tune I shall fight
    I'll sing liltingly thru-oo the drive-thru!

    When they ask me why
    I will sob and I'll cry,
    "Tis the fault of that hussy Leah Braemel!"

  • August 23, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Someone mentioned on Twitter earlier today that Keri knew the lyrics to all songs. Keri had replied that she didn't know them all to the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. I mentioned that wasn't it strange how I'd just mentioned that song on my blog …and this brilliant comment is the result. (Kudos to Keri!) And now thanks to Keri's brilliant post, I'll now have the Edmund Fitzgerald song going through MY head for the rest of the night.

    And for those of you who don't know the lyrics, here they are: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvKGz4s3kuU

  • August 23, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    It has been country for me for almost 60 years.

  • August 24, 2010 at 6:07 am

    Living in Texas, I naturally tend to listen to more country music than anything else. Down here, George Strait is considered "King George" as far as country music. I kid you not, that's what they even call him on the radio. Most of the one's you've listed are my favorites, too.

    Still will sometimes listen to old rock stuff from the 60s and 70s just to take me back to younger times.

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