The internet has done a lot of things to the music industry and the way we perceive and receive tunes – and many are not great for that formerly behemoth industry or the people that want to make music for a living.

But one side effect I greatly enjoy is how the internet has generationally become a genre-killer.

Remember when people used to ask, “What style of music do you like?”

Rumor has it that people under 30 don’t really ask that anymore. When almost every song is available with a click or two and almost no financial investment is involved to experience them, there is no need to choose a format.

An example to illustrate this point:

Thirteen years ago, rapper Nelly released a song that featured a vocal part sung by country singer Tim McGraw. It was weird.

A few weeks ago, rapper Yelawolf released a song with country singer Lee Brice. It was way less weird.

Access allows larger sampling and less commitment; thus people generally are open to what might have once been thought of as incongruent tastes.

Incongruent tastes… We all have them, right?

  • The girl who loves reading Nietzsche after catching up on episodes of The Bachelor
  • The dude who dances to Bruno Mars on the way to a Young Republicans meeting
  • The English teacher who secretly binges on Trailer Park Boys episodes on Netflix

It’s just that we create a version of who we are that we like to tell others.

I am the skinny guy who loves rock, wears hoodies and enjoys being a dad.

But I also just bought the new Taylor Swift album and cried twice in a recent (read: every) episode of This is Us.

I could be embarrassed. Or I could consider it part of my unique flavor. (Though let’s be honest… EVERYONE cries during This is Us. But I also cried at a car commercial yesterday.)

Celebrate what makes you off-kilter. It probably makes you well-rounded. And it definitely makes you more interesting.

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