When I was a younger man, I worked in radio (I recommend it, if you don’t mind getting yelled at by strangers and the fact that there’s no money)and was always a bit puzzled by the definitions of formats. Unlike Otter Disaster, who to this day will tell you the difference between Black Metal, Thrash Metal and Paraguayan Elbow-Harp Metal, I just found songs and artists that appealed to me and let other folks figure it out. These days, most of my local stations have adopted mixed formats or the motley Jack format where they just play whatever they can afford that week, making it even more difficult for me to figure out whether I like Country, Pop or Mulch, leading us to today’s AOR query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) knows only two kinds of music; the songs I like and that other stuff, asking: If you had to choose to listen to a single musical genre FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, which one might it be?


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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.


  1. So when I was a young warthog, no a young boy, I listened to music on this thing called a radio. Ask Matthew. On this radio, one station played music I could fall asleep to. And that started me enjoying and preferring alternative music of the nineties. About the time Matthew was getting married, I got my first CD, from Eve6. One of these events matters more.

    • Ray D. Oh? Isn’t he that multi-ethnicity accident lawyer with commercials at 3 A.M.? I didn’t know he could do music too!

  2. This is a toughie.

    On one hand, being hard of hearing (legally considered deaf), I’m leaning towards hard rock (and possibly some lighter metal) because it is easy for me to hear. Still can’t understand the lyrics without looking them up, but the actual music is easy to hear. Plus, lots of those songs sound like songs you might hear during a fight sequence, and I use them as motivation when writing scenes like that in my stories. And, of course, a lot of it works for “adult” moments (and by that, I mean it calms my nerves while doing taxes, yep!).

    On the other hand, I always have enjoyed classical music. I know a part of it is due to my minor obsession with vampires, and quite a few vampire movies use classical music since vampires live such long lives, but I can enjoy it even without thinking of vampires. There is probably more classical music that I won’t get sick of than there are songs of other musical genres that I won’t eventually tire of.

  3. Guillaume Bérubé on

    I think I would go with old french singers. Thee is something I love about Jacques Brel’s lyrics. And I will never tire of Boris Vian’s Le Deserteur. Add in Renaud, Dutronc, Piaf and Brassens and you have a great collection of lyrics

    But it breaks my heart to give up some great melodies of the other genres I love to keep those

  4. I’d lean towards UK techno.
    If I had to be more specific, I’d say the artists contained under Warp Records.

    I likes me some beeps and boops. It’s like the jazz of my generation!

  5. TheWolverine on

    Rock. Some of the most interesting stories that I’ve heard have come from Rock.

    Plus I hear a lot of Rock in other genres that are not labeled as such which leads me to believe that certain genres are more subjective to the individual interpretation than the individual sounds they are made out of.

    So yeah, Rock.

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