From Hip Hop to Showtunes and Everything in Between

Music has been a cornerstone of my life since I was two years old. Since dancing to “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” as a toddler, my musical tastes have grown and expanded to cover genres from hip hop to indie, and jump decades like it’s going out of style. Throughout my life, I’ve made it a point to catch my favorite artists at festivals and have attended many other lives shows and concerts featuring my favorite artists.

My favorite genres include the following:

Hip Hop

I’ve been a fan of hip hop since I was a kid. My cousin introduced me to classic Beastie Boys on cassettes – I used to borrow them from my cousin and memorize the lyrics to the songs. Not long after, I got into TLC. The group’s debut album, Ooooooohhh… On the TLC Tip, was one of my favorites when it was first released. In high school, I didn’t listen to hip hop as often as I had before, but I still really liked some of the most famous 90s rappers, such as Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G.

Now, with new artists constantly entering the scene and shaking things up, I’m embracing hip hop again. I’ve been to the annual Summer Jam concert in Mansfield, Massachusetts, several times, and have seen many performers, including Trey Songz, Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Li’l Jon. Lately, I’ve really been enjoying Australian rap artist Iggy Azalea, who despite being a hip hop outsider has been topping the charts. Azalea’s hit “Fancy,” with its staccato rhythm and insanely catchy chorus, is a particular favorite of mine. I was lucky enough to see her in concert once, and she was absolutely amazing. If Iggy Azalea had been around when I was younger, I might have tried my hand at a career in rap.

Grunge and Alternative Rock

When I was a teenager, grunge was a major hit and, like many others, I became a huge fan of Nirvana. In fact, I used to dream about seeing the band as my first concert experience. Each of the band members inspired me so much that I actually started to play the drums, bass guitar, and electric guitar for a time.

My passion for grunge eventually led to a fascination with some of the best alternative rock bands of the 90s, including the Smashing Pumpkins, Veruca Salt, Garbage, and Liz Phair.

Pop and Top 40

Since graduating from high school, my musical inclinations have started to lean more toward pop and Top 40. My first concert experience was Dave Matthews Band and Beck. I’ve since seen Weezer, Lady Gaga, Muse, *NSYNC, and many others.

One of the best shows I’ve been to was No Doubt during the band’s 2009 summer tour – the first time the band toured since Gwen Stefani announced that she was putting her solo career on hold. The band, which toured with Paramore, played favorites from Tragic Kingdom, Return of Saturn, Rock Steady, and more. They even played my personal favorite song, “Sunday Morning,” as their encore.

A Little Bit of Everything

In addition to my main musical interests, my iPod is a virtual cornucopia of genres. Punk and rock, classical and country, Disney songs and show tunes – I love a little bit of everything. If the music’s great, it doesn’t really matter where it comes from.