Yesterday, I read an interesting article on the website of the Volkskrant, one of Holland’s major newspapers, that said that children often inherit their parents’ taste in music and that music tastes hardly ever change after the age of nineteen.
This doesn’t come as a complete surprise, as it definitely applies to me and many people I know. It struck me, though, because it’s also a major story element in my novel Ruth 66, where Charlie inherits his taste in music not from his father, but from his grandfather. Charlie’s grandfather introduces him to music in the Music Room, where they spend many hours listening to a massive collection of records. A collection that was started by Charlie’s great-great-grandfather and passed from generation to generation.
Research by Cultural Psychologist, Tom ter Bogt, from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, shows that pop music acts as a bridge between generations, whereby parents ‘infect’ their children with their favorite music. A father often passes his preference for rock music to his daughter, according to Ter Bogt in a related article in newspaper De Telegraaf.
This made me laugh, as my dad playing Creedence Clearwater Revival to me most definitely has something to do with the fact that I like to rock out every now and again (in private, mostly :-)). And according to Ter Bogt, both young and old have a thing for The Beatles and Queen. This drew another chuckle from me.
Tom Goris, a Statistician of the Fontys University of Applied Sciences in Tilburg, says that Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody is voted as the number-one song of all time by nearly every radio target audience in the Netherlands (except for those aged 50-55 and those who listen to Radio 5 ). It’s use-by date will never come, as children don’t rebel against their parents when it comes to this song. It’s one of those songs that connects generations.
Did you inherit your taste in music from your folks, too? And which song(s) in particular?
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