The way I see it, music can help make any situation better. I enjoy various types of music as one day I'll be listening to Dean Martin or Bob Crosby relaxing in my room, then when I decide to work the old punch bag I'll put on some Slipknot or Bullet for my Valentine. I tend to usually end up listening to Panic! At The Disco or 30 Seconds to Mars though.
I like to keep things interesting, it makes life more adaptable.
My favorite band is Corb Lund and the Hurtin Albertans, much of their music I consider to be quite manly. If you use spotify I would reccomend "Hard on Equipment" or "Pour em Kinda Strong". However, I'm not generally a country guy, and I usually listen to metal when I'm lifting or running. I've been an avid Iron Maiden fan since I was a kid, but I also love Blind Gaurdian, Avantasia, and the Finnish band Turisas.
Sam, thanks for the recommendation on Corb. I'm not necessarily a county guy either, but he's got a good sound. I just downloaded several, including "The truck got stuck"--hilarious!
Hey you're welcome! I first heard of him when I was travelling a bit in Canada sometime back in 06. But I went back up to St. John NB when they played there in 2011, and met the band. A great bunch of guys!
The question of is this or that manly has been dealt with so many times I'll let it pass as answered.
About music, I think it is the greatest things ever conceived by the mind of man. I have always listened to music. When I was very little I remember listening to my parent’s music; classical mostly along with some soundtracks (Sound of Music and My Fair Lady stand out in my memory) but also military bands and marches.
I became interested in music of my own tastes in the summer of 1972 (I was 7) when I bought a hand held transistor radio at a garage sale. Thought I was the biggest kid on the block! I remember people talking about the Beatles but never liked their music (still don't much) but recall liking to hear Come Together on my little radio (still one of the few Beatles songs that doesn’t make me wretch). The big brother of a friend was into Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention and he and I’d listen to a lot of that. It wasn’t until I started collecting my own Frank years later that I understood why some songs were off limits to me back then!
Clearly I recall the origins of my own music library: Three Dog Night's Naturally; Billy Paul's War of the Gods; and Steppenwolf's Seven; all received for Christmas when I was 8 years old. Steppenwolf immediately became my favorite! When I was 10 I was introduced to Black Sabbath and Kiss (and Playboy, but that's a different tale!).
I kind of stuck with the late 60's early 70's rock bands all the way through high school, with all Clapton's bands especially Cream and Blind Faith being favorites. I really liked Traffic, The Who, Stones, Jefferson Airplane (couldn’t stand starship), Aerosmith, SRV, and ZZ Top too. All along I kept listening to classical (I have always loved adagios and the sadder melodies), country, and jazz too, but not near as much as the (now) old school rock. Put me a bit out of step with my peers in high school who were into the Cars, DEVO, Talking Heads and similar MTV dreck that I couldn’t stand. AC/DC were big too, but they never really clicked with me. My 8th grade English teacher voiced concern over affinity for the doors and (then) Jack Kerouac (Who now I can't stand either) to my parents.
I went to my first Rock Concert in 1978. It was Kiss in Dallas and I was 13. It was an eye opener to be sure. Let’s just say I came home extremely hungry (again a completely different story and thankfully an extremely short lived one--it makes me unpleasantly paranoid). I used to love going to live shows. Not so much any more. I don’t remember the other patrons being as aggressive and rude as they seem to be now. I’m probably just getting old!
Oddly enough, it wasn’t until I was in the military that I gave the Grateful Dead a fair chance. Mostly that was because all I’d heard was their studio stuff up till then and frankly it wasn’t very good. Dead Set and Reckoning really changed my mind and they are now one of my favorites!
I can play piano (badly) and guitar (mediocre garage band level at best). My CD player gets fired up before my coffee pot in the morning! And it goes nonstop until bed time or my kids or wife just can’t stand it any more!
I know, too long and more info than anyone ever wanted to know about me. Fun memories though!
2. Depends on my mood, and what I need to/want to do. I listen to just about everything from Opera and Classical, to traditional folk music (romani and irish), jazz, rock, punk, swing, reggae, big band, some country, even some R&B and hip-hop (not much rap though).
Like Stagger, I consider music to be one of man's greatest achievements. Music is a big part of my life. I have been a professional singer and recording artist, I have done recording engineering and music editing/mastering, I play piano, fiddle, and still sometimes sing. I'm making my boy a cigar box guitar so he can learn an instrument too.
Lately, I've been listening to a lot of Renaissance polyphony. Tallis, Palestrina, Byrd, Des Prez and the like. But I do listen to just about anything. Except rap. Can't stand that stuff.
In general, music is purely emotive, but it can be expressive of manliness, eg., the art/industrial rock act Rammstein.
I listen mostly to classical, rock and jazz musics and especially enjoy the art, experimental, avantgarde, industrial and electronic sub-genres. I am passionate about chamber music. Some favourite composers are Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, Schönberg, Webern, Messiaen and Xenakis. I also like non-European classical music, primarily Turkish, Arabic, Japanese, Chinese and Indian.