iamdavidbrothers said: Tessa! We don't talk music enough. What are you into in a general sense, like mood or genre or whatever, and what are you listening to lately?
Oh, I’m actually really glad you asked me this because music is such a fraught subject for me in general, and I tend to avoid talking about it/voicing strong opinions. Music is a very private thing for me, and in many ways I don’t give a lot of time to it in my current life, which, as I’m writing it out, sounds pretty sad.
A big part of how I experience and appreciate music involves privacy and time; I still haven’t really learned how to discover music outside of a car. And I don’t tend to seek out a lot of new music, either, though I end up hearing a decent amount living with Geoff, who is my big source for hip-hop (you too, actually!). It’s pretty safe to say that whatever he’s digging, I’m probably digging too. Except for Drake. Sorry, Geoff.
But truthfully it takes a lot of time spent alone with a song or an album before it really carves any pathways through my brain. My taste ends up being really eclectic and scattered because increasingly I respond more to individual songs than I do to albums or larger bodies of work (high school me is screaming).
Janelle Monáe and Solange Knowles are two of my favorite artists. I got into them around the same time (four or five years ago? I was in college and my friend Leon and I would listen to them at our kitchen table a lot, in between arguments about doing the dishes), and they both keep getting better and doing great shit (in totally different ways), which is really exciting.
I had a big punk phase in high school (inasmuch as a dork like me can—I listened to a lot of punk music and like, read books about it because I was too wholesome a kid to get myself in any real trouble), and the only real vestige of that is my undying love for Iggy Pop. “Search and Destroy” is my go-to karaoke jam.
Kanye is up there, with My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy being on top for me because that self-love/self-loathing thing is something I hope to one day not relate to, but here we are.
The Gene Vincent song “Cat Man” is perfect.
I like Lana Del Rey for her intentional camp (though some would argue there’s no such thing) and Katy Perry for her less intentional camp. I like dealing with personas, as previous writings may have suggested.
I like the theme from The Third Man because when I listen to it while walking down the street, it’s like being in on a joke that no one else is.
Tiny Tim’s music makes me genuinely happy.
That barely scratches the surface. I’m generally all over the place and short of attention span with music, and what thrills me one minute may not the next.