But, seriously. I've been a fairly obstinate music listener for the vast majority of my life. Over the past few years, however, I've gone through a revelation.
The variety of music available for us to enjoy is too vast to neglect. The sad reality is that most people's music exploration efforts, if any, occur through avenues that are too familiar and comfortable to us. Friends with the same tastes, websites that specialize in a genre, or radio stations we have always liked, they all remain the same year after year and become routine.
This is all especially relevant in today's music scene - with the exponentially growing number of artists releasing their stuff and the unbelievably easy access to all of it. The thing is, you have to give it a chance. It's not an effortless process for your brain and it may take time, but the reward is invaluable. Think back to the first time you heard your now favorite band. Imagine being able to have a similar feeling more often. Who wouldn't want that?! There's so much brave, unprecedented, creative music out there that gets the cold-shoulder.
So open your ears to the changes in the music scene that are happening RIGHT NOW. Be a part of it, don't wait for others to filter it for you.
Here are a few songs I like that I would have shunned had I heard them pre-"revelation". You don't have to like them, but give them a few tries...for practice, at least.
Have fun exploring,