Music discovery has been a part of my life since I could drive and blast mix tapes out of my 1982 Nissan Stanza affectionately named Gus.
I loved being the first to “discover” a new band. The phrase, “I’ve never heard of this band before, where did you find them,” was music to my teenage ears.
And honestly not much has changed since then.
Except I guess my time is no longer spent trawling music stores but instead asking people what they listen to, and scrolling through their iPods.
In university I had my own hour-long radio show called Pop Rocks! with Robyn Roste. After some self-doubt of my knowledge of specific rock breakdowns, I decided to become a pop-rock-exclusive show. It was tons of fun sticking to the pop rock beat and introducing both of my listeners to the happiness you can find within 4/4 time frame.
Well, wouldn’t you know it. This love of simplicity led other music snobs in my circle to dub me as “uneducated.” Ouch.
Maybe I was. Maybe not. Maybe.
Anyway, since then I’ve become a little less passionate about forcing my music on the Top 40 inundated masses and even let popular music infiltrate my car speakers. I actually listen to the radio more than ever—although producing a nationally syndicated daily radio program would do that to a girl, you understand.
So here I am, working. Bopping my head to my well-rounded, more mature, somewhat educated music while I write my articles, ad copy, and edit through scores of audio recordings and feeling very good about myself UNTIL! I happened upon Genius Mixes in iTunes. Did you know about this feature?
Well I sure didn’t. Genius takes your music library and creates genre-specific playlists for you. And I thought, that’s just great! Thanks so much Genius!
Until I looked closer that is. Now I just feel judged.
Every single playlist is pop rock. Nearly, anyway. I’ve included the screenshot for your entertainment.
Have I evolved naught since high school? I seem to be stuck on the indie-pop train, never to encounter country, folk, or metal again.
Don’t get me wrong—that fate doesn’t bother me in the least, but I thought there would at least be enough diversity in my 15,000+ song library to make a playlist of something other than pop rock. It does make me seem a bit exclusive.
And all this time I thought I had a well-rounded appreciation for music. Hello POP ROCKS! I guess that was the perfect radio show for me after all.
Although the taunts of music snobs are never far from my mind, “You just don’t like Radiohead because you’re uneducated
You know, I still don’t care for Radiohead.