Remember when you were a kid and your mom got that look on her face every time you turned on "your" music? She was so set in her ways! You swore you wouldn't be like that! But…are you becoming your mother? Are you so attached to your station, your genre that you won't even consider anything else? Time for a change.
Even if you prefer country over classical or jazz over folk, there is more out there to be heard. There are many artists blending genres to terrific affect -- and just because it's labeled one way doesn't mean you won't enjoy it. Open your mind and open your ears.
When you're driving around, change the station. And stick with it for 15 minutes. You may not hear anything you like -- but you might. If you have a teenager with different musical tastes, listen to his station in the car for a whole afternoon. It might grow on you!
Another fun thing to do is try an online service like Pandora or other music recommending service. The algorithms these companies use can, by your response, determine what about the music you like and direct you to new artists, regardless of genre label. You might find yourself loving a hot new alternative band that you never would have know about if you'd only looked at the label.
Have friends with different musical tastes? Ask for recommendations for something new you think you might like. Put a request to your friends on Facebook to tell you their favorite summer song, love song, doing the dishes song or workout song. You'll be inundated with comments! Now go listen to the clips on iTunes and download some for your own enjoyment. It's a small initial investment that may really open up your musical world.
It's easy to get stuck in a rut, musical or otherwise. We all do it. But instead of staying in that rut, break out! Expand your musical world. Your ears will thank you.
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