I'm getting more like my self all the time... workin at it.
My taste genrewise is broad: prog rock up to metal, drum n bass, happy hardcore techno, world: Eastern European, Rai, Romantic, modern classical ...
Pandora calls much of it tight kick. Often uptempo, often hardcore, whatever the score (i.e. genre), polyrhythms/ cross-rhythms, polymeter, more staccato than legato.
Harmonically sevenths, not much normal jazz tho, more like trip hop (Massive Attack), jazz rock (Return to Forever), impressionism (Debussy) and chromatism (e.g. Grunge).
Melodies aren't necessary, so techno and d n b are important, but if they're there they should normally be interesting.
The sound can be pretty rough and energetic, softness doesn't spark me off as much.
Rhythm and sound changes are enough for me to avoid the feeling of repetitiveness, I'm sensitive to these aspects which other classicaly trained people often don't seem to be. Oh yeah I was. Now when I have time I play oriental rock, folk rock and Middle Age stuff with a mate and his various changing band-type groups.
You tell me more about what I mean, I'd like to know <g>. And you're welcome to suggest more appropriate for my stations.
I was music-addicted for a long time, now I'm addicted to becoming a good teacher and trying to get a balance. One way is to find the common ground, e.g. use Pandora in my lessons for kids to find out their tastes, learn to use appropriate expressions for describing what they are perceiving and experiencing.