I’ll come right out with it. The sound of the distorted electric guitar makes me cringe. I try. I really do try to be open to all sorts of music – I’m certainly not stuck in classical mode. I love a lot of jazz except for the really heavy bebop and fusion stuff. I’m very interested in a lot of world music. And I was totally into the top 40 when I was in my teens and early 20s – some Elton John, Billy Joel, Abba (almost embarrassed), Heart, and so on (somewhat selective, I admit).
But I can’t stand the sound of the distorted electric guitar. No Stones. No Metal – ever.
One of the best lines I read in This is Your Brain on Music was that some people like it, some don’t. I assume I’m not alone in this but I’ve never actually heard anyone else say this.
So what precipitated this? A few months ago my son participated in a recording of worship songs – he played the piano/keys/Hammond organ/pads. He got the final copy today and let us listen to it. I was doing fine – enjoying it, really – until THAT SOUND appeared in the middle of a song that I really like (used to like). I can’t explain it – it just grates on my ears – it almost hurts. Husband and son think it’s the best thing ever.
Please tell me I’m not alone!
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