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What Does Your Music Collection Say About You?

Updated on December 1, 2014

Does you music collection say anything about you? It's a rather meaningless question because I doubt that most of us care one way or the other. I suppose I got to thinking about it after hearing so much hype on the news about Senator Paul Ryan's iPod habits.

I'm not an iPod person. My mp3 player is a Sansa e270. It has an 6Gb capacity which is more than enough for me. It's small, and it's easy to use and I use Rhapsody for downloading because it uses mp3 format rather than iTunes. I like to keep things simple.

My own taste in music is rather eclectic. An inventory of my mp3 player or CD collection reveals a lot of Native American and classic rock, a bit of country and bluegrass, some alternative/Indie, folk, R & B, jazz, and yes, even some of that easy listening stuff. With such a mix, I started thinking about what my music collection said about me. So what do we do when we want to know something. Yes, that's right, we Google it.

Music Personality Tests - Just For Fun

Quibblo.com

The first Google link pointed me to a Personality Quiz on Quibblo.com where I very thoughtfully answered ten questions that I found to be a bit odd and somewhat irrelevant. After hitting the submit button to receive my assessment, I was informed by Quibblo that I would need to join in order to save my results. I don't think so. I'm only doing this for fun. If I wanted a record of my personality test I would make an appointment with a shrink. So, I clicked OK to go to the test results and learned that according to Quibblo, I have a "retro" personality. That's it. That's all they told me. What the heck does that mean. Does it mean I'm old? Stuck in a time warp? Need to update my interests? I'm clueless.

OutofService.com

  • The second Google result took me to Outofsevice.com where I took a test titled The Do-Re-Mi's of Personality. that I visited was much more comprehensive in it's questioning. First I was asked to measure my like-ability of about twenty different genres on a scale of radio buttons ranging from "dislike" to "like". The next ten questions were more about my personality and asked questions related to being introverted, aggressive, compassionate. And finally, a series of questions regarding my lifestyle, income, gender, race, etc. The time spent on the test was about 10 minutes and revealed:
  • 441% enjoys reflective and complex music
  • 33% enjoys edge and aggressive music
  • 25% enjoys fun and simple music
  • 7% enjoys energetic and upbeat music

I would have to say that the results are fairly accurate. But, didn't "I" tell "them" what I liked when I answered the first twenty questions? I don't think this told me much about my personality. Oh well.

I think I've wasted enough time this morning. It was fun, not very informative, but hey, it entertained me through the second cup of coffee and another hub. Everything these days is hub material, if I can put a spin on it. I wrote this one because I don't want my readers to think I don't have a light side. A large majority of my hubs tend to be inspired from emotion or treasured memories. Those could eventually become my niche but that is still undecided.

Ironically, these music personality tests proved to be as indicative of my writing style as it did my musical preferences. My best writing, I think, is when I am reflective and in my complex thinking mode and my high score of 41% on the Do-Re-Mi's of Personality test was right on the mark. Maybe I learned something after all.


What do I really think?

The tests were fun. That's about it. In reality, my music tastes are eclectic, depending on my mood. My years of collecting vinyl records and CD's are slowly closing. Digital music is replacing them. It is bittersweet. Digital music does allow me to purchase only the songs I love while leaving the rest of a CD behind. Digital music also moves easily between my computer, mp3 player, and smart phone. It's affordable. Still there is something about holding that vinyl record in your hands or stepping through the tracks on a CD at lightening speed.

Music is a part of me and I am always a click away from having a new favorite. But, I won't forget my old favorites. i have written about a few of them. You might enjoy those hubs too. Take a look.


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    Linda Crist 2 years ago from Central Virginia

    monia saad . thanks for the visit. It sounds like you had a bit of fun. I hope that is the case.

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    monia ben saad 2 years ago from In my Dream

    the first one give me this result :D

    You have an emo ipod! Yays!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Epi - 3000 albums! If I told you what I did with my vinyl collection you would have me committed. Don't even ask.

    I've been so busy for the past few days I haven't even had time to listen to anything. Rip and run, rip and run. Tis the season I guess.

    I haven't had time to research the magazine yet but... I will be on it as soon as things slow down a bit. Promise!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Alecia. Thanks for the visit here. I don't think I put a lot of stock in those sites but it was a bit of fun and who doesn't need more of that? lol

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    Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

    This is something I think about regularly as a music lover. I have a lot of different types of music but I wouldn't say there's anything completely unique about my taste in music- I know what I like and what I like to listen to but I don't think it completely defines my personality. But this is definitely a cool and thought-provoking hub!

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    epigramman 4 years ago

    Good evening Linda from lake erie time 9:24pm and I am listening to the fabulous Buena Vista Club live at Carnegie Hall (a project featuring Cuban music and endorsed by the legendary Ry Cooder)

    I was also eyeballing some of my vinyl tonight - I still have over 3,000 albums in my collection and the first album I bought on my own was Chuck Berry's Golden Decade although I remember my parents giving me Abbey Road by the Beatles in the Christmas of '69

    I also love black gospel music although I am not religiously inclined, Elvis really sings the gospel well too.

    Who are some of your favorite jazz pianists?

    I love Monk of course, Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Sun Ra, McCoy Tyner, Bill Evans, Errol Garner, Dave Brubeck and this list goes on.

    lake erie time 9:30pm

    did you find the Mojo magazine?

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    And I thought I had something new to share. Shame on me. lol

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    epigramman 4 years ago

    ...and yes just before I go to bed ......I bought that dvd about 3 months ago at a local Wal*Mart and it's the entire performance of the 'three Stones' playing at a club that Muddy Waters owned with the great man himself - just finished listening to the musical soundtrack to the silent classic film Nosferatu as composed by Canadian musician Nash the Slash.

    Sweet dreams. see you tomorrow 1:59am lake erie

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    lol Dwight Yokum "loud" works for me. lol Tonight I watched a PBS program on the Stones performing with Muddy Waters back in the 80's. It was a great trip down memory lane. I love Muddy Waters of course. As I write, I am listening to Bonnie Raitt (Nick of Time), another favorite. But, it's off to sleep for me as it is 1:47am. More tomorrow.

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    epigramman 4 years ago

    ....just back from a walk along the lakeshore road in the dark of a misty night with no wind , Linda, and it is a yin and yang world up here because I am playing some Dwight Yokum loud - lol - and earlier in the evening my playlist was: The Holmes Brothers, Hank Mobley (hard bop) and the always fabulous Thelonious Monk ..... yes Mojo can be found online too at Mojo magazine .com and if will give you some idea what the magazine looks like and another great online and newstand magazine from the U.K. is Uncut magazine.com

    I will keep in touch over the weekend and drop by ......sending you my warmest wishes at 12:19am

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Oh epi-man, you are so much fun. I enjoy our exchanges too. Mojo magazine will be on my shopping list this weekend, if our local newstand carries it. I will let you know. Have a great evening.

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    epigramman 4 years ago

    .....but at the same time dear Linda I have not met a lady like you here at the Hub with your wealth and passion of music - it's been so nice corresponding with you - sending you warm wishes from lake erie time 7:01pm just about to have a late dinner here on a night off and please check out my favorite music magazine - Mojo magazine com - I also buy it at the newstand with a free monthly cd

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Well, Mr. Musicologist, you have at last reduced me to little more than someone who once heard there was something called music. You are a walking musical encyclopedia.

    I did hear about Zepplin being inducted at the Kennedy Centre and think that's just too cool. You have mentioned many that I love epi-man but you have also given me some names to research. I must admit to not being familiar with Sonny Stitt, or Lenny Breau. So, I'm off to do some youtube-ing. Thanks for stomping on my musical ego. lol

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    epigramman 4 years ago

    ......I guess I would consider myself a musicologist my dear Linda.

    I started my morning here after arriving home from work at 4:00am with the legendary Coleman Hawkins which is easy to post a hub to - lol - but now I am listening to a post punk group called The Slits.

    Did you hear that the Kennedy Centre Honor this year will feature the induction of Led Zeppelin and Buddy Guy - isn't that amazing?

    I saw Led Zep live back in the day in 1974 - their last tour with John Bonham on drums in Toronto and I saw the Who back in 1972 with Keith Moon.

    Bob Marley in 1978 along with Springsteen's Darkness on the edge of town tour - and Frank Zappa in the same year. I've seen Bowie three times and Iggy Pop once, the Tubes, the Police and U2 before they were both big. The Stones and Bob Dylan with the Band - well this list would go on too.

    Sarah Vaughan a year before she died - and Ella Fitzgerald live as well.

    Chet Baker, Lenny Breau, Sonny Stitt, Wynton Marsalis, Muddy Waters, and I love classical ballet and boxing and Frank Sinatra too and motion picture soundtrack music and favorite jazz album of all time ? Kind of Blue by Miles Davis although I am a big big fan of Thelonious Monk - sending you warm wishes from lake erie time 5:07am

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    epigramman 4 years ago

    Yes I will keep in touch with you Linda - it's so very nice to meet you - I cry over anything and everything too.

    I love some of your choices up above - I saw Muddy Waters live in performance in the 80's before he died and Chet Baker too - love Santana and J.J. Cale who is Eric Clapton's mentor in many ways - love Doc Watson, Sun Ra, Ken Nordine (spoken word artist), Thelonious Monk, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Billy Joe Shaver, the Barry Lydon soundtrack, the Clockwork Orange soundtrack, Toots and the Maytals, Roxy Music, Japanese koto and flute, Charles Mingus, La Traviata by Verdi, classical ballet, 60's garage rock music, Forever changes album by Love, Pet Sounds, Frederic Chopin, the music of Stephen Foster ..... lol lol - well you get the picture - lol - this list could go on forever and it changes everyday - lake erie time 10:42am

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Epi - Love Supreme is a favorite. Today's selection was Blue Train, which I also love. Has he done anything bad? Not! Crying over music? Isn't that normal? I cry over anything and everything and thought it was normal. :-) Heck, I cry over the sight of a hawk in the sky or a sunset. I've learned to live with it. lol

    Gotta run for now but have certainly enjoyed the exchange. Soar high today!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    lol Epi - tortured???? That's cruel. What does that silly quiz know about good music. NOTHING! It was fun, and sometimes we just need fun in our day. Oddly though, the quiz tagged me "retro" and that is somewhat appropriate. Maybe I was stuck in the past when I took it.

    I have much of my music in digital format stored on my hard drive. Many mornings I open the file, close my eyes, and click on something. I don't know what that says about me - random, spontaneous, undisciplined maybe? I do love the element of surprise. I do choose my music more carefully when I force myself to do housework. It takes some good old classic rock to get me through that. Quiet evenings will steer me towards Nora Jones, Muddy Waters, Santana or even JJ Cale. Ah, so much to choose from.

    I will make you a deal. I won't try to classify your music personality if you will reciprocate in kind. You'll get no argument from me about youtube. It's a virtual music buffet, a feast for the soul.

    I'll wrap this up with a wish for a day filled with joy and music!

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    epigramman 4 years ago

    Yes Linda because I have the privilege and pleasure of living but 100 feet or so away from lake erie (it looks and sounds like an ocean) I have the choice of yin and yang in my life where I can go down to the beach and walk with my cat (who is deaf) on his leash and just listen to the sounds of nature or come home and as you say listen to Trane (John Coltrane - by the way - isn't 'A Love Supreme' one of the greatest recordings of all time - so is the Glen Gould piano performance of J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations)

    I love to cry with music too and I am often moved by music and film (especially when they are combined) and all of my writing is influenced or inspired by music and film .......

    lake erie time 9:44am

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    epigramman 4 years ago

    Hi Linda - well I just tried the first quiz and yes I agree with you - some of the questions were odd and seem to be geared towards a younger demographic audience - and the results for me - said my mp3 (which I don't own anyway -lol) was 'tortured' - lol

    Of course my musical tastes like yours - are very eclectic.

    Usually I never listen to Led Zeppelin before 12noon - lol - always start out with conventional listening habits - classical in the morning - jazz in the afternoon and rock 'n roll or loud and crazy at night - I guess I base my music on moods and a time and a place - influenced by ambience, environment and/or what activity I am doing - writing, washing dishes, drinking a beer, dancing, etc. etc.

    lake erie time 9:34am I am a hard person to classify musically speaking but I do know one thing - I can't stump You Tube - it has everything - it's a modern wonder of the world

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Epi, your fan mail and comment here are like opening a door to a secret room where all the unattainable pleasures have been hidden away. What a personality you are!

    Your mum was a wise woman. Most of my inspiration for writing comes from nature. I have often been moved to tears by a tree or the song of snow falling on a cold winter day. You will find these stories throughout my hubs as I love to share them. Well actually, they were never mine. The lessons of nature are meant to be share, aren't they?

    It is 9:15 here on the East Coast and I started my day with John Coltran this morning. It could just as easily have been Tony Bennett or Maroon 5. lol

    I sure appreciate your reading my hub this morning. It wasn't my most creative hub but it was a fun write. I'll never be the master-crafter of words that you and Amy are but I am here to learn. Teach away sir!

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    epigramman 4 years ago

    .....well Linda because I am a resident musicologist here at the Hub so you just knew this fascinating hub topic (and quiz in which I look forward to taking a little later with the link) would catch my eyes and ears.

    I still have a vinyl collection of over 3000 albums in mint condition and I listen to all kinds of music just like you. Part of it I would say has to do with my open mind and curious nature. It most definitely shows up in all of my writing - music and songwriting is always an underlying thread throughout all of my work.

    I always start my day with light classical music and I love to write to jazz or film soundtrack music although on my walks here by the lake around the bay which are often 'writer's walks' - I go with a theory my mum had- 'listen, you can hear the silence, yes nature's silence.

    I love your work here in this world class presentation, Linda, and I will promote this page and also your hub intro/bio page to the Hubpages FB group through a post and a link. I also send you some nice fan mail.

    Sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 8:59am on a day where it could be snow but it's rain today

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    LOL Polly, I can relate. Great, honest comment. Thanks for playing along.

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    Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

    Mine says how old I am, lol, and that is all I have to say about that! Fun hub! ^

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    nina64 - thank you for your vote up and your comments. I had a bit of fun with this one and am glad others are too.

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    nina64 5 years ago from chicago, Illinois

    This is a great hub!!!!! I never really thought about what my music collection says about me. I can tell you this; my music collection consists of classic r & b, jazz, gospel, blues. I have one song yet to put on my MP3 player that is old school rock, and that is Angie Baby by Helen Reddy. As long as there is music and a vehicle in which I can play it on, I will have my music!!!!! Voted up.

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Billy. A bit of fodder this morning. I never cease to be amazed where I end up sometimes when I get me out of the way. Let me know what you learn about you. Thanks for reading and commenting too. I'm starting to expect and appreciate your feedback.

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    Linda Crist 5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Georgie. I'm glad you had some fun too. I was wasting time this morning but still wanted to write. A bit of light-heartedness here. But, like you, I found it more interesting than I had expected. Hope you have a great day!

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    Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    That was interesting! I never thought about what my music says about me.....I'll have to give this some thought. Great hub!

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    Georgianna Lowery 5 years ago from Lubbock, TX

    The first one told me I was eclectic, the second said that I'm 81% inclined to listen to edgy or aggressive music. Pretty much spot on. That was interesting, thank you!