Music has long been a balm to my well being. To my emotionally, to my general well being, and to my soul. At a young age i remember listening to it in the background of doing other things. My mother would often play Neil Diamond or some other such record when she was home. She also had a Country and a Bluegrass phase. For the times i was with her in the pubs i remember a lot of Country and a lot of what is considered 'Classic Rock' - which today seems to have a steady rate of appreciation. I had a long time interest in the band KISS, which i no longer seem to appreciate nearly as much. I also enjoyed Leonard Skynard, Poison, Guns and Roses, Billy Joel, (all not nearly as much as my brother did). I tried Country myself for a while. I enjoyed it, but it didn't stick. Then the '90's came and i was pretty much left behind in the 'Pop' music scene. By then i was pretty involved in church, etc. and while 'secular' music was never shunned or discouraged, i just didn't have a taste for it. At that time i really enjoyed the praise and worship songs being played at the church i was going to.
My tastes are pretty much all over the place now, but i prefer instrumental pieces over those with lyrics. If it has a violin and a flute it will almost always be enjoyed by myself. I also like piano and bag pipes. :)
Today, i am thankful for the gift of music. When i listen to it, it just helps me cope with the noise of the world.