You are What You Listen to


Our seventh blog assignment is to comment on this quote.  Do you agree with this quote?  Do you disagree with this quote?  Is this quote too much of a generalization?  What is your music trying to tell us about you?  This assignment must be a 5-7 sentence paragraph to get full credit.

This assignment is worth 10 points and is due Monday October 10th at 11:59 pm. The rubric for this assignment is found here. Remember please use only your first name and last initial and put what class you are in under your name.  As always I will accept a written version of this assignment.

You will receive 2 extra credit points for each post that you comment on. The comment must be at least 2 sentences to receive the full credit. The most you can receive in extra credit is 6 points.

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Mrs. R

32 thoughts on “You are What You Listen to

  1. I can agree that someone’s taste in music can tell a part of their story, but certainly not the whole story. I would find that near impossible, at least for me.

    Some people just listen to their music because it’s just generally pleasing to them. For example, I listen to Buddy Holly. So what does that say about me? Two things; I listen to Buddy Holly and I will never have the chance to listen to him live. I’m not sure what else you can learn about me from the fact I listen to Buddy Holly (Maybe I’m just jealous of his glasses). I listen to his music because I really enjoy it, nothing else to it.

    However, that’s not always the case. Music can be another way of showing their dreams, aspirations, or goals. For example, I have a playlist just full of French songs. So that does that say about me? Well, maybe perhaps one day I would like to visit France and play the accordion there. Its part of my bucket list, among other things.

    Maybe, music can be a way of telling your story. For example, I have a playlist that reminds me of my trip to Europe this past summer. Each song reminds me of a particular moment from that trip that I can remember so clearly. Like when I listen to “More Often than Sometimes” by Shane Koyczan (If you listen to it, just a warning that’s it’s more like a poem than an actual song), it reminded me when Harris and I just chill out under the night, realize we’re in Italy, then just talk. Or when I listen to “Spun” by Grouplove, it reminded me when I first met my roommates for two weeks, Jake and Zach, from Cincinnati (inb4 Harambe Jokes) and I remember every morning we listen to music and how he introduced me to Grouplove (Fantastic band by the way, would recommend 9/10) which I continue to listen to.

    There are also many other things music can tell you about someone, but I’ll leave that up to the rest of you guys. In the end, music can be apart of someone’s character, story, dreams, etc. Just do not make the mistake of judging someone solely based on their musical taste. That’s stupid. And now I will end this with a cheesy quote about life from Abraham Lincoln:

    “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

  2. I agree and disagree with this quote. Music can sometimes be a clue giver to the persons personality type, but sometimes it doesn’t. For example, if you listen to Panic at the Disco, the person might not be emo. Music can describe how you are feeling in the moment. If you feel happy..then you would maybe listen to a song that has an upbeat rhythm. If you feel sad, you might listen to Taylor Swift’s one of many breakup songs. It all depends on what view you are looking at this quote from.

  3. I agree and disagree with this quote. I believe music TASTE tells a lot about a person but, not necessarily EVERYTHING about them. I do believe that people listen to certain songs or artist based on their mood or emotion at that given time. I’m usually in a good mood so when I do homework or even doing chores around the house I tend to listen to the same couple of albums that are very upbeat or just make me happy in general. I don’t think I’m the type of person to listen to sad songs when sad because why would you want to make yourself even more sad?! 🤔 I think everyone has a different option on this quote. For me it got more and more confusing the more I read it.

  4. This is the kind of quote that you can agree AND disagree with. Music taste can give some insight into a person’s personality or just the mood they’re in. However I would say I mainly disagree with this quote because of how people judge and think. A problem with this quote is many people generalize music types and genres and the kind of people who listen to them. Take my music taste for example. I love artists like Bowie, Simon and Garfunkel, Radiohead, Garbage, Father John Misty, Beach House which are more classic/grunge/indie artists but I also LOVE One direction, Marina and the Diamonds, The 1975, who are labeled as “pop” which automatically has a negative stigma attached to it. Because I like musicians like Bowie or The Rolling Stones most people (specifically guys) would not expect me to also like One Direction, and then upon learning this info change their perception of me because I like a “pop boy band” (because they are close-minded, etc. I won’t get into this rant). Personally I think people take themselves too seriously when it comes to music and are quick to judge others if they hear someone likes a band they have a predetermined opinion on. You can get a hint of who a person is based off their music taste but it’s so much more elaborate than that. Music and people can’t be so easily defined by each other.

  5. I agree with this quote somewhat because that’s true you can know somewhat through their music. just like you can know someone through the colors or clothes they wear. it all has the same concept. I disagree because this isn’t always the case. sometimes music can be very happy and fun but the person listening to it can be very sad and lonely, it all really depends.

  6. I agree with this comment to a certain extent. In my personal opinion, I believe that a song should depict who you really are if you choose to sing/play the song, however, if you are to sing/play a song for the audience you are to act as though you are affiliated with the song for it to have any special meaning. So yes I would agree with the this quote, but there are some certain cases which would cause me to say otherwise, in a musician’s perspective. Now the taste in music will tell you a lot more of who you are as a person.

  7. I agree with this comment to a certain extent.. In my personal opinion, I believe that a song should depict who you really are if you choose to sing/play the song, however, if you are to sing/play a song for the audience you are to act as though you are affiliated with the song for it to have any special meaning. So yes I would agree with the this quote, but there are some certain cases which would cause me to say otherwise, in a musician’s perspective. Now the taste in music will tell you a lot more of who you are as a person.

  8. I feel like the actual music a person listens to might not be a good way to judge someone’s personality, but the way they feel about the music is. I really enjoy listening to others talk about why they like certain songs or musicians, even if I might not like it as much. I like listening to the way they interpret it or how they feel about it, as it may be completely different to what I felt about it. I also hope that people listen to what I have to say about certain songs, because I always want to make sure the other person is getting as much out of it as I am.
    I really like pop music, but I feel like many people look down upon people who do, which is why I feel like it’s important to have an open mind and listen to what others have to say about it.
    Also, I think that looking back on what music you used to listen to is an interesting way of seeing how much you’ve changed as a person. Personally, I connect a lot of songs with certain times of my life, and I see how my music taste has moved away from that, and how much I’ve grown.
    So I do think that someone’s music can tell you a lot about them, but you also have to listen to what they have to say about it.

  9. From a writers stand point absolutely. You never know what your going to write before it’s written. You or the artist brings that thought or feeling into existence. I constantly am learning stuff I didn’t even know about myself through my music. Music can also also perfectly indicate how you’re really feeling at a time and can bring out ideas you didn’t necessarily know you felt strongly of. Good music is honest and I feel you can’t learn more than from that.

  10. I think this quote can be true for a lot of people but I don’t really listen to a certain music to secretly express how I feel. I just listen to what sounds good and what I’m in the mood to here. I suppose you could feel a certain vibe when you listen to what I listen to, but I don’t think that my music will tell you very much about me.

  11. I can agree and disagree with this quote. The reason is becuse sometimes when I’m sad I’ll listen to slow sad music. I will try to play happy music becuse I want to change my mood.the reason I agree is becuse most of the time my music will tell you my mood if I’m calming done with some jack Johnson or Colbie caliot.most of the time I’ll be listening to country becuse it just perfect for me.

  12. I half agree with this quote because sometimes when you listen to a sad song you might be feeling sad and if you are listening to a more energetic song you might be hyped and happy. Most of the time when I listen to music I’m usually just neutral and I listen to it because I like it but sometimes when I’m feeling down or just not 100% I will tend to listen to a rather a moody or darker song.

  13. This is one of those quotes where I agree and disagree. My reason for this is because i listen to a lot of different artist and they are all different genres. I listen to a lot of up beat bands/artists that make me happy and just in a good mood. I also listen to bands/artists that mostly have slow, sad sounding songs. They don’t always necessarily represent me as a person all the time, but in general my music wraps up me as a whole quite well. My music tells everyone around me that yes I am very sad but I am also a very happy person most of the time.

  14. I totally agree with this quote because through the music I listen to, and the songs I write are really the only ways people can really know who I am inside. There are songs that I can really connect to that I’ll share with people that are important to me, and right then and there they are able to understand my nature, what I’ve gone through, and who I am. I find it very hard to explain myself in a “monotone~ish” way to people sometimes because I want them to understand what I’m trying to say with actual heart and soul. Just talking to people just doesn’t do it for me. I want to be able to connect with them in a special way.

  15. I somewhat agree and disagree with this quote.
    I agree because I see itin other people, like Sam Cohen for jazz. Jazz is Sam Cohen. I don’t see a Sam Cohen without his jazz. Or Simon Hopkins for emo trash music (:. There’s no Simon Hopkins without his emo trash music.
    Then there is me. I don’t listen to a specific type of music at all. If differentiates as time goes on. Currently it’s been Jazz, maybe because I’ve been hanging out with Sam too much who knows hahaha. But then ill switch to classical, and really feel calm. It all depends on my mood, like any pubescent child my mood changes quickly, and so does my music taste.

  16. I agree with this quote. My music will tell you more than I ever will. It mostly depends on my mood though. Like my music will tell you my emotions better because sometimes I can’t express them as well as I want to. I think its a good quote and I really agree with it

  17. Whoops I thought I posted my response but it would seem not. To me, the music I sing and perform is more representative of who I am. I think people are drawn to things they can relate to and in the case of your own art, you have to relate to what you sing.

  18. I semi agree with the quote in the sense of a general idea of a person but I don’t think that it could tell the whole story of the person. I think that the music that Id be listening to at the moment could tell you about what mood I’m in. but as for the non general things, i don’t agree BC sometimes, I would be listening to love songs (even if I’m not in love lol)

    • I agree that music can’t tell your whole life story, but I feel like it could show most parts about what you feel inside.

  19. I agree with the quote on so many levels… I think that using our actions is better than our words, because you can get a real feel from what you’re expressing. Music is my life. I can’t imagine my life without it, and i want to show the world my own music someday to express who I am. It’s not that I don’t know myself, but that music is a different type of form that can make you feel unique in your own way. It’s your own form of music.

  20. I do not think this quote relates to me. The type of music i listen to does not really relate to me. I listen to a lot of rap and hip hop which honestly doesn’t talk much about anything i go through in my life. The quote is a bit too general. If it is talking about the music and songs that write then i totally agree. i feel that i can get more of my feelings out by writing them in a song. So, in that case this quote would make more sense.

  21. I feel like this quote can apply in some situations, but sometimes, a person’s music doesn’t tell you about the person. With me, I listen to a lot of music, and I feel like some of it reflects me, but a lot of the music I listen to frequently is just stuff that sounds good to me, and wouldn’t show you what my personality is like. Of course, it’s not the same for everyone, as some of my friends listen to music that perfectly describes them, but for a lot of people, they just listen to what sounds good to them, or lyrics that they can appreciate, and not necessarily what they feel they can relate to. Like, based on my personality, what do you think I listen to? (Sorry for this being super late, I’ve been amazingly busy.)

  22. I completely agree with this quote for multiple reasons. One being that music is a very expressive thing. And so if a person only listens to romantic love songs, you would know with out them telling you that theyre a sucker for romance. music says everything that words cant. some people might find it easier to sing their feelings rather than expressing them using words, i know personally im like that.

  23. Personally, this quote is a really good quote. It’s because that is the way I feel about getting to know people more than they can act or tell you about. Obviously, I won’t figure out the persons whole life story because that’s a little odd. What it is about a persons taste in music can reveal about their kind of personality, the personality they are that present day. They could like a completely different genre of music in two years. Which means there was a change in their personality. If you write music then you have that chance of having something a little general about yourself in the song. It could be the way you sing it or the words you choose.

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