No, I don’t find songs through TV shows. I find them through commercials.

As a person without a TV, I don’t get exposed to as many commercials as I used to. Of course, I still use the Internet on a daily basis, so I do get bombarded with commercials and advertisements all over the place. I haven’t really seen many commercials that I’m fond of the past years though. I know. I know. Commercials are not supposed to be memorable or nostalgic. Still, when I had a TV, there were quite a few commercials that immediately grabbed my attention, and I have since missed them. So, I should be thankful that YouTube exists.

Although well-known songs are used in a lot of commercials, songs not familiar to the general public are used just as much. I did not know any of the songs in the commercials below beforehand and, now, I associate these songs exclusively with the commercials. As a result, I have nostalgia for these songs and commercials. Yes, there I said it. Commercials make me nostalgic. Sue me.

Coincidentally, all of the commercials are between 2009 and 2010. What amazes me is that the songs enhance the commercials. They don’t overpower them. Of course, I don’t know what song could overpower an Advil commercial but nevertheless, it works.

Where has my music taste gone? Oh, it’s just been sitting on Pandora for five years.

As mentioned in previous posts, my music taste has significantly grown over the past 15 years or so. I’m at the point now where I’m listening to music so infrequently that I barely know what my music taste is right now. Like almost everyone else in the world, I have stopped using Pandora but from time to time, I log onto my account and listen to the same old artists and bands I’ve always listened to. Once in a while, I would remove or add artists, but my music taste hasn’t really changed over the years. My music taste can be divided into two types: Blues Rock and Varying Degrees of Folk Music. I spent some time listening to songs I used to love and listen to all the time, and with the exception of a few songs, my reaction was “meh.” I guess I need to embark in the long, tedious and painful journey of rediscovering my music taste. Wish me luck. In the meantime, here’s a small sample of songs I’ve loved at one point of another. Can you guess which song is not like the others? Heh.

I liked country music. You can punch me now.

Out of every little possible thing one could be nostalgic about, music is probably the least nostalgic for me. Sure, certain songs remind me of certain parts of my life but, honestly, it’s one of the things that I can live without. Perhaps the reason for this is because I spent the first 22 years or so of my life listening to almost exclusively country music, and I’m only starting to get a better idea of what my music taste is. What’s definite is, yeah, I am tired of country music now.

Just to amuse everyone, below is an example of a song I would listen to. Yeah… you can punch me in the face now.

So, I decided to dig a little deeper into my tragic relationship with music to find non-country songs that I liked and connected with during my re-teen/teenage years. Yeah, you should be extremely scared right now.

Absolutely (Story of a Girl) – Nine Days

It’s just a catchy run-of-the-mill pop rock song, but it immediately takes me back to when I was 14, and I would watch random music videos on the TV at 6 in the morning because that was literally the only thing that was on at the time. I also like the subtle theme of self-destruction.

Drops of Jupiter – Train

Probably the most recognizable song for anyone between the ages of 20 to 40, this again takes me back to when I was in high school, although it doesn’t point to a specific memory. It just reminds me of the late 90s/early 2000s for no apparent reason. Ugh, yes. I’m one of those people.

Everywhere – Michelle Branch

Completely different from the other two, this song reminds me of a much simpler time, which is funny because this song came out when I was a teenager. I guess it just reminds me of when I was 12 years old, which is fitting because every time I listen to this song now, it makes me feel like a 12-year-old girl.

Please don’t ask me who my favorite musicians are, or I will shriek

As a reluctant introvert, I always try to be as friendly and social as possible in all situations. I do this for a very good reason. I do not want my neighbors to refer me as “that crazy guy who never comes out and is probably torturing cats right now.” Yeah, I would rather not be tagged as a crazy cat murderer recluse.

The thought of someone asking me to name my favorite TV shows or movies or musicians or whatever else they could possibly ask terrifies me. There was a time in my life where I would lie on my bed trying to think of “suitable responses” to such questions. Yes, I was this concerned about such mundane interactions that happen between two or more people every single day. Hey, I said I’m an introvert.

The main fear I have when someone asks for a favorite of mine, whether it be a book or TV show or musician, is that they’re not going to know who or what I’m talking about. I had an awful experience four years ago when a friend of mine asked what kind of music I liked. I answered with the standard cop-out of “a little bit of everything,” but she kwas relentless in grilling me for more information. “What are the specific genres do you like?” “Oh, you like folk music, that’s cool. Any specific singers?” “Yeah, but name a few. I might know at least one of them.” And that was the point where I wanted to shrivel and die.

Since the fiasco, I have since responded to such questions with random mainstream musicians/bands that I kind of like. Usually it’s Hootie and the Blowfish and Billy Joel. Yes, I know. I’m hip. I would not consider my music taste “mainstream,” so I feel uncomfortable and socially awkward when trying to come up with examples of musicians/bands I like. I have no idea whether or not someone has actually heard of the musicians/bands that I listen to.

Although I do little to a little bit of everything, I tend to stick with folk and rock. My favorite musicians/bands include The Black Keys, Joshua Radin, Vienna Teng, Joe Purdy and Iron & Wine. Yes, some of these are well-known to a lot of people, but I still dread in being in awkward situations where the person I’m talking to has no idea what I’m talking about. I can only shrivel and die so many times.

It doesn’t help that I don’t listen to a lot of music. As someone who doesn’t listen to music outside of his laptop, I heavily rely on Pandora and YouTube videos. Yes, I know. I’m a annoying leech who should burn upon eternal flames.

I do have a tiny CD collection that I’m oddly proud of. I shouldn’t be, because of one glaring reason.

Yes, that, my friends, is a Grey’s Anatomy soundtrack. I know. I just lost all of my credibility. Oh well. You lose some. You win some. You have a tiny CD collection that makes the entire world shake their heads in extreme disapproval.

OK, I guess the next time someone asks me what my favorite musician is, I should just shriek and run away.