Yesterday I stepped WAY out of my musical comfort zone and listened to several bands that I would normally declare to be “not my style.” It started on the drive in to work when I wanted to listen to something upbeat, but nothing on my iPod caught my attention, so I decided to listen to some Christina Aguilera. I’ve always agreed she has an amazing voice, but her music just isn’t “my style” so I never gave it a chance. Turns out I quite like some of her songs. Not all of them, but I could easily find several to add to a workout playlist.
Then I moved on to the new releases section of Spotify with groups I’d never heard of. First I tried Major Lazer. No thank you. Same with Charli XCX. Then Olly Murs. Oh my gosh yes, why has he not been in my musical repertoire? I really love his music and have listened to the album twice since yesterday already.
Next I listened to Adam Lambert. I’ve wanted to hear his album ever since I saw him on American Idol. (I don’t watch the show…I rather hate it, but my parents watch it, and sometimes when I’m over there I’d get stuck watching it with them. But I digress.) So I was really impressed with him on Idol, and I’m not sure why it took me so long to check his album out, but again, I really like it!
Finally I stepped so far beyond my comfort zone I almost hesitate to admit this. I do not like boy bands. Period. I never liked New Kids on the Block, even though they were the BIG THING when I was a teeny bopper. I never liked NSync or Backstreet Boys. Just…no. But a friend of mine is a massive fan of…it’s hard to type this…One Direction, and I finally decided to check out what she liked so much. So what’s the verdict? Well, I can’t say I’d listen to them on a regular basis, but they didn’t make me want to stab knives into my ears. Actually, I think they’re fairly talented, and I just might listen to them of my own volition again at some point in the future.
So what’s the point of all this? Stepping out of your comfort zone on any subject is a good thing! No matter how certain you are that you will absolutely, beyond a doubt, despise something, give it a try. You can’t truly say you hate something unless you’ve tried it. I can say I think baby octopus is the most disgusting thing I’ve ever eaten. But I can say that because I tried it. (True story.) And I can now no longer say I hate One Direction. It was a stupid thing for me to ever declare having never listened to a note of their music.
What new thing are you going to try today that you’re certain you’ll hate?