I saw this article today: Why do older people hate new music?
We know that musical tastes begin to crystallize as early as age 13 or 14. By the time we’re in our early 20s, these tastes get locked into place pretty firmly.
In fact, studies have found that by the time we turn 33, most of us have stopped listening to new music. Meanwhile, popular songs released when you’re in your early teens are likely to remain quite popular among your age group for the rest of your life.
There could be a biological explanation for this. There’s evidence that the brain’s ability to make subtle distinctions between different chords, rhythms and melodies gets worse with age. So to older people, newer, less familiar songs might all “sound the same.”
Has anyone here found that to be true? I’m not convinced that it’s due to age. I’m in my 40s and I listen to new music all the time.
I think it’s easy enough to get into new music by playing it repeatedly in the background for a while. After you’ve listened to it in the background for a few days, then listen to it while paying attention. Ears need time to get used to a new style before they can understand that style’s way of creating tension and release.
While we’re on the topic of music, feel free to post links to some music that you like. It might help other users find interesting things to get into.