I'm 64 years old and originally from Queens, New York City. Like most people of my age and background, I grew up listening to and loving 60s rock music. It's energy and originality was intoxicating at the time.
I found that at times I also enjoyed classical music and what used to be called crossover, or jazz fusion as it's now called. I dabbled with these types, but never really left my first love, rock.
The 70s and the 80s had enough new, interesting music that fell under the "rock" category to keep me fairly interested in the genre, but eventually I got bored with it. There seemed to be nothing new coming out. What the radio kept calling the next new wave, seemed to me to be a very slight variation of past artists. It's deteriorated to the point now where what's played on the radio seems to be chosen by committee, and the driving force behind it is not creativity or originality, but commercial potential.
The music industry has fallen under the complete domination of influences like American Idol, where music was chosen strictly because of profit, and with little or no consideration towards creativity. All new music, it seems to me, is molded to fit into a formula, or it doesn't get any airplay.
independent music was dying on the vine.
Classic rock stations were ok, but they tended to play the same things, over and over, and my interest in music started to wane.
I stumbled across a smooth jazz station when I lived near Tampa, and fell in love with it. Much to my wife's chagrin, smooth jazz became my music of choice, with the occasional dip into the classic rock pool.
Well, I still enjoy smooth jazz, but it's now getting to show the curse of classic rock stations, it's all starting to sound alike and somewhat repetitive.
I recently got an Iphone, and while perusing the apps, stumbled across the Pandora app. Somehow or another, I hit upon an artist who caused Pandora to create a "Jazz Fusion" channel.
Wow! I'm in love with music again!