I'm starting to wonder about myself. I've been spending a lot of time on pandora.com and I've made some interesting discoveries about myself. The first station I set up was Progday Afternoon, comprising things like King Crimson, Gentle Giant, and Frank Zappa. The second station I set up is called Michael Nymanish, after the minimalist English soundtrack composer Michael Nyman (this station has a lot of small string/piano/chamber ensamble music with New Age leanings). The third station I set up is called Gordon Lightfootish, and it comprises music by whimpy, sentamental guys singers like Gordon Lightfoot, John Mayor, David Byrne, Cat Stevens, and James Taylor. The last station I created is called Cookie Monster Metal and it consists of speed metal with uninteligable lyrics (vocals that sound a lot like Cookie Monster from Sesame Street) but with AMAZING instrumental dexterity (the stand out band so far is Necrophagist - WOW!)
As I bounce from station to station, I find that I'm equally pleased with each genre, yet I don't want to listen to any of them exclusively. Each is providing me with something I crave: musical exploration, virtuoso chops, lyrical experimentation, folk sentimentality, Baroque harmony, Classical arangement, meloncholy, angst, symphonic stylings, hard rock aggression - some of it with technically amazing drumming.
Somehow, I want to combine all of these elements into one composite unite. Somehow.