Well, I gave aqouli
an activation code today, and set up his account (he's someone I RP with on PokeMUSH, y'see), and he wrote about what type of music he likes. So I figured I'd talk a little about my taste in music...
Hmm. When I was younger (up until about the age of 13), all the music I listened to was the stuff in my parents' record collection. Mostly classical, that is, apart from an Elton John album, a Beach Boys tape we used to play in the car, and a few Stevie Wonder tapes (he's still great. I bought a new copy of Songs In The Key Of Life a few years ago, as the tapes finally died).
At about 13 or 14, I started to listen to the radio... where I live, there's a fairly good FM radio station called Capital FM. (I live just inside the M25, which is the motorway which encircles London. So I'm close enough to get London radio, but not close enough to vote in the London mayoral elections which were held a few years ago...) So for the rest of my time at secondary school, I listened to that, and as a consequence heard (and taped) a lot of British and American pop music. Most of my albums date from that time, although they were almost all fairly old when I got them. Garbage's first album, Jagged Little Pill by the oh-so-eloquent Miss Morrisette (I want to know how she sings like that - when I sing along, my voice dies before the fifth song), Fin de Siecle by the Divine Comedy... also, "Hooray for Boobies", by the Bloodhound Gang, prompted by me seeing the video to "The Bad Touch" on a German music video channel while on holiday in France. (That's the one where they dress up as monkeys, for any of you who may have seen it.)
Anyway. That was up until the end of school. Then I ended up at university at a place that's some distance from London - yes, only about an hour's drive from home, but it's enough that you won't get Capital FM up here. I did listen to Radio Cambridge for a while, but I eventually couldn't be bothered. Then I found Audiogalaxy.
Now, Audiogalaxy is not particularly legal. It is (well, was) a system by which you could download MP3s, and would also be sending them to other people at the same time. It even, shockingly, worked on a 56k modem connection. That, and a search for "anime music videos" which lead me to Kestrel's site at www.sempai.org, got me into October Project, and I also had the chance to listen to Ella Baila Sola (Spanish pop group of two girls), who I remembered as one of the groups my Spanish exchange liked.
Time passed, and Audiogalaxy got Napstered, and then I was introduced to the world of anime leeching, and with it the world of anime MP3s...
Currently, my playlist in Winamp is usually my unsorted anime songs. Which means I get random things like a Gensoumaden Saiyuki song which could be Ricky Martin if it weren't in Japanese (Bunny Doll), a Pokemon song which includes the lyrics "Karate Chop, Aurora Beamu wa Hydoru Pumpu" (Rival), and a spectacularly silly song called "Fantasy" which is the third Hikaru no Go opening song. And if you haven't heard of Hikaru no Go... you haven't known me long enough.
So I'm usually listening to stuff sung in a language I can barely understand. I can even sing along with some of it, too...
In other news, I got a new optical mouse which is working wonders, I've downloaded waaaay too much in the last two days, Battle Athletes(s) Victory is brilliant, Haibane Renmei is good but still mysterious, Hikaru no Go is as good as ever (I need more!), and I actually managed to finish one of the four Special Relativity questions I had to do over the holidays. Only those, and two other example sheets, and my two CATAM reports, and... *pants* Not enough time!
And back to "Fantasy" again. So silly. Probably never should have been associated with Hikaru no Go. I don't care - I love it. :D