Did Your Taste In Music Change After You Woke Up?

by pale.emperor 12 Replies latest jw experiences

  • pale.emperor

    After I awoken from the cult, I went through the normal process of not knowing who I was and what my tastes where. Looking back this was a wonderful time in my life because I experimented and tried different things and now I like or dislike things because I personally like/dislike them - not because i've been told they're good or bad.

    Black pudding is an example - it's made of blood and is a popular addition here in Britain to fried breakfasts. I tried it for the first time last year and I can confirm that it is indeed revolting. It tastes like metal. But hey, now I have my own reason for not eating it.

    I also found that my choice of music changed too. For some reason Morrissey and The Smiths got me through the hard times of being shunned and the crap I went through with my family. Morrissey is now one of my all time fave musicians and I cant believe I didn't listen to his music when I was a JW.


    Also, Red Hot Chili Peppers and AC/DC.

    Did any of you discover that you liked something?

  • Tallon

    My musical tastes have never really altered - I was always into rock music and some heavy metal.

    My era for music was from the mid 70's, through the 80's and early 90's.

    These are some of the groups I was into;

    Thin Lizzy, Dire Straits, Queen, Bad Co, Journey, TOTO, Foreigner, Blue Oyster Cult, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin, STYX, Def Leppard etc

  • stuckinarut2

    Great thread PE.

    Music has always been a vital part of my life, and I have always favoured artists that are NOT mass-produced commercialised trash...

    I always had a 'secret / guilty pleasure' for artists that we as JWs should not have liked.

    Now I can enjoy those artists guilt free.

    Also, we now go to see live gigs really often! There is nothing like a live concert. Now there is no conflict between "meeting nights" , or "what if I stumble someone" if they see me going to this artist?

  • Wild_Thing

    Not really. I loved all kinds of music when I was a witness, from classical to the hard rock bands, like Guns 'n' Roses that I wasn't supposed to listen to. The only thing that changed is I didn't feel guilty about it anymore and I didn't feel the need to hide it. Today, I lay my Motley Crue right next to my Mozart without even batting an eyelash.

    The only genre of music that I absolutely cannot tolerate to listen to is Christian Rock. It makes my ears bleed.

  • _Morpheus

    Lol not at all! The only thing that changed was was i didnt feel it necessary to turn it down when i pull into the parking lot of the kh.

  • Giordano

    I started as a jazz drummer then followed Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and Joe Cocker and Mad Dogs and English Men as a rock drummer. I was out of Jazz and the JW's and didn't give a shit.

    I still play and work through a bunch of great music in practice mode. My 7 and 8 year old grand daughters shit a brick when pappy puts it to the drum set. I drum like I'm chopping down a tree.They dance and prance and roll around on the floor trying to out do one another.

    Towards the end of the session I slip on a plastic hat and throw two pairs of drum sticks into the air keeping time with my foot pedals and pretend to try and catch them as they land or bounce off my head. They have seen me do this a dozen times and still scream with laughter.

    I manage to grab at least one stick to end the session with a couple of wallops (in time of course). For that moment............ I am the funnest thing they have ever seen.

    I like to play to live performances so at the end of the song I stand up and take a bow with the band. The Rolling Stones, Dire Straights....Led Zep anybody that has a live performance album. It's my dream world.

  • mentalclarity

    My taste in music didn't change when I woke up. I was allowed to go to concerts when I was a JW and there was a group of us that would go to concerts.

    I've always loved the Smiths- I saw Morrissey in concert in the 90's. It was an amazing show. I even went with my JW best friend.

  • Darkknight757

    I started listening to death metal a bit before leaving the cult. I was deeply depressed and that type of music “talked to me” at that particular time. Afterward I started listening to some of the softer rock and jazz that I used to like but I still go back to death metal now because I really enjoy it.

  • blownaway

    I would not eat black pudding or any blood made dish. Not because of any Watchtower bull shit but because its disgusting. I don't eat organs of animals and I gave up red meat 12 years ago. I do some chicken and fish but try to stick to the Morning star plant based burgers and chicken and crumbles as a meat sub. Its just better to stay away from animal fat and meat as much as possible. As far a music nope nothing has changed. I owned 60s and 70s rock then I do now. Music started down hill in the 90s with rap, which is not music but Bull crap. Very few good new music. I like ZZ Ward, Beth Hart, Addel, Passenger, Johnny Flynn and some others but Music hit hits crescendo in the 70s

  • WTWizard

    I now listen to more heavy metal (and rap) than I did even before I became a jokehovian. I found out that the whole Led Zeppelin IV album, not just the song Stairway to Heaven and Black Dog, is excellent. I have also found that David Bowie has some excellent music that I missed out on, even before being a jokehovian witless. I always liked Billy Idol's mainstream songs but now I have most of his discography including the song I find most amusing (Plastic Jesus) because it gives that archetype of the perfect slave a nice slap in the face.

    There are a few acts that I now listen to rarely or not at all. And Barbra Streisand is foremost among those. When I was a jokehovian, that was what we listened to. Aside the Guilty album (which Barry Gibb should have got the credit for instead of Barbra) and the disco songs that Donna Summer did the creative work on (The Main Event and No More Tears/Enough is Enough), I found that thing's "work" to be lame. How most of it even qualifies as music, I no longer believe in. These days, I would rather be at work listening to Michael Jackson and Led Zeppelin than be off sitting through a Barbra Streisand snoozefest.

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