My Own Genre of Music

When I was in high school, my two favorite styles of music were Country and Hip-Hop/Rap. I liked most of the music that came thru in those genres. However, both have gone down in quality. My two complaints:

Country music has become a contest of cliches. This makes for very shallow songs.

Rap music seems to be on one subject: Money…and how much rappers have of it. If you aren’t well versed in jewelry and automobiles, you can become very lost in their lyrics. It especially bothers me when new rappers talk about these things. To me it seems wishful thinking on their part because they were writing these “lyrics” even before their first album was released. I wonder how many artists wrote about lots of money and then had a bad selling record. Ironic.

So, considering the spotted saturation of popular genres, a while back I decided to create my own genre. This genre is “Smooth Groove”. I enjoy this because I decide who is in and who is out. James Taylor, John Mayer, Pharrell, and Norah Jones are in. Any country stars debuting after 1999 are out. Joshua Radin, Willie Nelson, Kalai and Teitur are in. Clay Aiken and most “American Idol” contestants are out. (Clay Aiken is very, very, very, very out.)

The best thing about having your genre is that you can accept certain songs from artists, but not others. For instance, Chicago is in when the group included Peter Cetera. When Peter Cetera left in mid-1985, so did the band’s placement in the Smooth Groove genre.

I have this genre because when I want good music from all different genres, I play from Smooth Groove. Feel free to adopt the Smooth Groove genre. Customize it to your liking. Let me know who makes it in.

Here are two gems to get your Smooth Groove collections started.

Sleeping In by The Postal Service
Dear Sir by Again and Again


  1. As a fellow music lover, I appreciate all your gemmed blogs. Keep them coming. For me, right now part of my smooth groove collection is “New Slang” by the Shins and “Solsbury Hill” by Peter Gabriel.

  2. It is interesting how music has changed. It has gone away from the pure talent that it used to be to more of showing off and vainness. It is great that you can create your own genre put it in your IPOD and disappear into your own bubble of good music. Those tell tale ear buds stating, “don’t bother me.” I have never given a name to my own genre but i like the idea! Thanks for those gems. Its always good to hear something new.

  3. I loved hip hop/rap/r&b in high school, but now, not only am I tired of Utah playing the same 5 songs on the radio all day, I am tired of the same “new” rap songs. Every couple months there will be one new song that has a good beat that I could dance to, but it gets old fast. I am tired of all the same boring songs on the radio and all my CD’s with the good old school songs and “artists” were stolen so I can’t even result to that. I either listen to really old songs (like ones my parents like) on the radio or push seek for an hour in my car. Music used to be a huge part of my life (I may have “worshiped” my CD’s too much and that’s why they were taken from me). I used to know everything about all the new and old music, but now I don’t care. I still love music, but I don’t know what to listen to and I am sad. I even started listening to groups like Disturbed and Smile Empty Soul because I didn’t know where to turn. I will never turn to music by Britney Spears or those “boy bands.”

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