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 in it) and was always a bit puzzled by the definitions of a specific musical genre.  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 anyway, 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 would 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. Daniel Langsdale on

    Without hesitation, it’d be folk. And not just because, like Satchmo, I ain’t never heard no horse sing a song.

  2. Movie Scores with out a doubt. Listening to Michael Giacchino , John Williams and Howard Shore wouldn’t be a burden.

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