Music is like a person’s bedroom window.
When you look through someone’s bedroom window, baring you are not a stalker, you will see them acting as themselves, in truest form. They will dance in front of the mirror, pick their nose, stare at themselves for hours, or simply do nothing. Similarly, when a person is listening to their favorite kind of music, in their mind, they are thinking as their truest self. No one is going to blast opera on their iPod when they’re walking to class if they hate opera. Most likely, that person is going to choose something that allows them to MAXIMIZE their happiness within the time they are listening to it. Have you ever been having a bad day and put on the loudest, most aggressive music you have? Or have you ever had feelings for someone that became amplified by each additional play of “Back at One,” by Brian McKnight? If so, then you understand that people listen to music to create or amplify a feeling they have. That is its purpose to them. Therefore, when you ask someone what their favorite kind of music is, they are telling you what emotion they most commonly experience, and therefore are letting you look into their bedroom window. This can be hard for some people, including myself; which explains the anxiety most people feel when showing a new friend some music they like. They are apprehensive toward showing that person a piece of who they really are. If you’ve ever experienced this, then you already know what I mean.