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    Since the start of my "classical" exploration, the other genres of music have slipped to the sidelines a bit. (something had to give, there wasn't enough time in a day)
    However I have taken a new look at Jazz, an area I didn't have much exposure to previously.
    I'm also reviving my appreciation of blues.
    The greater part of my listening time is spent with classical music, closely followed by Jazz with Blues bringing up the rearguard.
    A small smattering of "other" types creep in, but not much.
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    I only really got into classical music in 2011 despite playing the cello for thirteen plus years beforehand. Before then, I listened mainly to popular music from the 60s and 70s, which I still like but don't really listen to much any more. These days, the only other music I regularly listen to is German-language pop/chanson (and occasionally Schlager, if I feel the need for the musical equivalent of a sugar overdose). Classical would make up about 95-98 per cent of my listening.

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    The story of my musical life: childhood - whatever came wanging from the TV or radio - gems like 'Twenty little tiny fingers' or 'Hello, Patsy Fagan!'. Teens - the Beatles, Kinks, Stones, Hollies plus classical music I was 'forced' to play on my violin. Twenties & Thirties - Traditional English, Scottish & Irish Folk. Forties, Fifties - Scottish dance music, but little listening for fun.
    Post-Sexagenarian Age: Taggart goes pianoforte, I go fiddle - classical music ushers in a grand renaissance of any music with a good tune. We are now T-EM-B-a-C-C-ans: Traditional, Early Music, Baroque and Classical, Carolan auditory nuts.

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    1. Prior to discovering Western Classical Music, I was listening to rock, the more experimental or avant-garde sort, never mainstream or popular; and a little bit of jazz to take the edge off and somewhat fuelled by friends' interests, I guess, but it had never been a huge interest.

    2. Once I developed an interest in Western Classical Music, my marginal interest in jazz was pretty well extinguished, and I began to lose interest in rock, too, ceasing to follow the newer bands and ending up getting out of touch with the popular music scene in general, that had largely come to seem juvenile and overly simplistic, although a certain enthusiasm for the more interesting artists still remained.

    I am still interested in artists that are on the fringes, but I have difficulty discovering new ones, due to a lack of time and an inability to realize the degree of satisfaction that I had once enjoyed with those forms of music. I am so out of touch with rock that I didn't discover Rammstein until about 2 years ago and I didn't rediscover Einstürzende Neubauten until about the same time. When I first knew EN in the early '80s, they were too strange even for me, so I had forgotten about them. These 2 bands are now the only rock artists that are still currently active that I still follow enthusiastically. The rest of the rock I still occasionally listen to is the offbeat stuff I knew in the '70s and '80s.

    3. Concurrent with developing an interest in Western Classical Music, I also discovered Turkish/Ottoman Classical, Arabic Classical, Persian Classical, Japanese Classical, Chinese Classical, Korean Classical, Indian Classical and Balinese Classical, which have all become enduring sideline interests.
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    I started listening to classical because I wanted to be awesome and I kept listening to other genres because I wanted to be normal.

    I was extremely disappointed to find out how many mediocre weirdos have the same strategy. It's a mystery to me. Maybe someday I'll figure out how that happened.
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    Ok, that was just a joke and I really hope no one takes it seriously.

    The truth is that when I started listening to classical I had very little experience with any genre of music except American Protestant hymns and white Southern gospel music. Of course I'd heard a bit of top-40 radio, classic rock, new country, and rap, but I wasn't "into" music yet, and when I got into it classical was the first genre I began to explore.

    I think classical music hasn't hurt my appreciation of other genres, although it's certainly made me a little more insightful and thus probably pickier.

    I've never really been in any music scene so it hasn't affected me that way. Of course most of my friends prefer other genres of music but I'm rarely in a situation where I have to sit through anyone else's music.

    The one thing classical has definitely helped me with is jazz. I don't know whether I would've gotten into jazz eventually anyway (several of my friends are serious about it, so maybe...), but classical helped me that way.
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    1. Many genres of rock, from Beatles to Death Metal. Bossa-nova, some reggae and jazz. Had an electronic music phase when younger but it didn't last. Some brazilian MPB, like Chico-Buarque.
    2. I still love Bossa-nova and Chico-Buarque, but doesn't listen to it that often anymore. Jazz is still interesting but the last time that I stopped to listen to a Miles Davis album was ages ago. I don't mind to listen to some heavy-metal with my friends, but I also don't listen to it alone anymore. Pretty much everything else almost ceased.
    3. Nope.
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    Quote Originally Posted by science View Post
    I started listening to classical because I wanted to be awesome and I kept listening to other genres because I wanted to be normal.

    I was extremely disappointed to find out how many mediocre weirdos have the same strategy. It's a mystery to me. Maybe someday I'll figure out how that happened.
    Either great minds think alike or fools seldom differ - one of the two.
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    I've started listening to some moody late-Bob Dylan again, first time in many seasons. Gnarly, gruesome bluesy stuff, the rattling throat on the death-bed stuff, very good indeed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Taggart View Post
    Either great minds think alike or fools seldom differ - one of the two.
    I agree with you then.
    Liberty for wolves is death to the lambs.

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    1. Listened to pop and rock from the '70's and early '80's
    Discovered classical music fairly early at about 15. In the next ten years I would listen to all music, side by side
    2. Very suddenly I got very tired of rock and abandoned it completely; but it kept coming back with a vengeance every now and then (still does)
    3. At some point I got into electronica , dancable or not. There is incredibly rich music in dubby techno, moody drum&bass and ambient. not just for clubbing (too old for that now) but for home-listening; armchair techno so to speak.
    I guess classical music has always been the constant. Other music comes in "episodes".
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    I didn't listen to music at all before getting into classical; I didn't like any of it. Simple enough.

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    Classical has always kind of been there in the background, but I've been through several phases with music.

    Went through a very long funk stage, a short country/bluegrass phase, a blues phase, a big-band phase.

    These days I'm just listening to whatever random stuff my friends recommend. Feel kinda lost in the big wide world of music on my own. Hoping that will change as I learn more about what's out there.

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    I also came to classical via progressive rock. I still listen to some of the more creative bands in this genre, e.g. Yes and King Crimson, but I cringe at the thought of ever having enjoyed ELP, for instance.

    But parallel to that I have always enjoyed, and still do, a lot of folk and country music. I take the view that a good song is a good song regardless of whether it is folk ballad, a pop hit or a Schubert Lied. In this respect I don't see the different genres as all that far removed.

    Since becoming interested in Classical Music, my appreciation of a lot of electronic music has increased, e.g. Tangerine Dream..

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    Very little has changed with my music library. I listen to classical about 90% of the time. I've found it brings a new freshness to my other music. A few nights back I listened to Pink Floyd's The Final Cut. It was a welcomed change of pace. If anything, listening to so much classical has provided a much needed break from my favorites. When the Spring rolls around, I imagine the Grateful Dead will never have sounded so good.

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