What Does Your Music Say About You?

Jazz is played and listened to by all people - in harmony together. Pigmentation differences have no place...as in genuine democracy, only performance counts. -- Norman Granz, Verve Records

Being an audiophile, music fills my day. From the moment I awake, to the time I go to sleep, there is always a song in the background. In fact, those who call my personal cell phone are greeted with music instead of an ordinary ring. Music’s notes whisper gently in my ears, keeping me centered, as I engage in activities throughout the day.

Jazz, Classical and Rock are my top three. Hip Hop is my least favorite, and Country  … well, it just doesn’t do it for me. Being a New Orleanian, Jazz flows through me like blood in my veins. My childhood memories are filled with Sunday afternoons in Jackson Square, listening to Harry Connick, Sr. lead a jazz band, while I played with Harry, Jr. in the park.

Does growing up in New Orleans mean I'm predestined to like Jazz? Possibly. According to an article in the October 2008 issue of Psychology Today, artistic preferences have a strong genetic component. In fact, the research decodes tastes and analyses people based on their preference in music. The findings are as follows:

Rock music: you’re a social person, but easily stressed out or depressed.

Country music: you’re athletic, reliable and focused. You are friendly, cheerful and don’t get stressed out or depressed very often.

Pop: you’re friendly and social, but not verbally gifted.

Rap, Funk or Electronic/Dance: you’re energetic and social.

Hip-Hop or Soul: you’re upbeat and conventional.

Classical: you’re reflective and complex. People describe you as quiet and thoughtful and you have a gift for language.

Jazz: you’re outgoing, social and verbally gifted.

As I read the article, I smiled and thought of friends, their musical choices and the accuracy of the research. Genres aside, we can all say, "I've got the music in me."


  1. I related to your blog - music is a very big part of my life too.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts :)



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Bonnie Morét is an award-winning photographer recognized by The Georgia Council of the Arts as "an exceptional representation of contemporary Georgia art work." Her photography is featured on Georgia Public Broadcast's Georgia Traveler. Her exhibitions include Fifth Annual Exposure Awards at Musee du Louvre in Paris, France, Art Takes Miami at Scope Art during Art Basel Miami, Metro Montage XIII at the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, World of Water at the Georgia Aquarium, Open Walls at Black Box Gallery in Portland, Oregon, Wholly Georgia: A Look at the Effects of Southern Religious Culture, sponsored by the Art History League and Georgia State University, at Mint Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, 6x6 at the Rochester Contemporary Arts Center in Rochester, New York, @Phonography: Dialogue in the Wireless Age, at 3 Ring Circus in New Orleans, Louisiana, and About Lands and Lives of the Civil War at the 6th Cavalry Museum in Ft. Oglethorpe, Georgia. Her photography appears in Modern Luxury/The Atlantan, Jezebel Magazine, and hangs in the executive offices at the Georgia State Capitol as part of the Art of Georgia exhibit. Corporate clients include Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta History Center, Chanel Cosmetics, Christian Dior Cosmetics, Sharp Mountain Vineyards, PM Realty Group, Granite Properties, Road Atlanta, Patrón Tequila, StubHub, CBM Records and The Washington Auto Show.