What is your favorite style/genre of music & why?
Country, but I listen to a little of everything. I like country for various reasons: I love southern accents, I love the twang of the guitars, the singers look damn good in boots and cowboy hats, they sing about topics you can relate to, and they don't have to swear and act like idiots to get their point across (not that I mind swearing, it's just that some musicians try way too hard). I am not a huge fan of the new country 'party song' phase, however, where every single new song is talking about partying in the woods or on 'back roads' with hot girls and alcohol, describing in great detail just how "country" doing these things makes them. They have a rap genre for that, damnit!
Who are your favorite musicians/music artists & why?
Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly. I know they aren't country so this may seem a little out of place, but they've always been my favorite. First of all, I adore all things Irish, so they're a shoe in. Secondly, they have a way with words and all of their lyrics have a deeper meaning, which I like, not to mention they remake old Irish folk songs (which is awesome!)
Do you connect your personal choices of music (or songs, to be more specific) with certain emotions that you feel while listening to them (in other words: does the music you listen to influence your moods, and if so, explain)?
My music doesn't really effect my moods (or vice versa) per se, but sometimes when I'm feeling a specific emotion, a certain song will pop into my head and I'll have to listen to it right away. Like for instance, "Ohne Dich" by Rammstein popped into my head out of the clear blue today (I only listen to like 3 of their songs, and haven't even done that in over a year!) and I had to hear it. It's weird.
*SPECIFICS FOR STATISTICS*
I am going to list a variety of different styles/genres of music below, and I am asking that if you choose to participate, list 2 emotions that are brought out of you when you listen to songs in these categories.
1. Alternative: Exhilaration, energetic
2. Blues: Bored, indifference
3. Classical: Relaxation, contentment
4. Country: Happy, energetic
5. Rock & Roll: Exhilaration, energetic
6. Metal: Exhilaration, energetic
7. Pop: Happy, indifference
8. R&B: Bored, irritated
9. Rap: Annoyed, frustrated
10. Latin: Lively, energetic
11. Reggae: Calm, relaxed
12. Techno/EDM: Annoyed, irritated
13. Jazz: Bored, indifference
14. Folk: Bored, slightly intrigued
15: "Oldies": Nostalgic, a little sad