New research linking personality and musical taste from professor Adrian North of Heriot-Watt University has popped up in a bunch of articles.  The scope of the study is impressive with 36,000 people surveyed, but the results have little to offer.


A sample of the results:

Blues: high self-esteem, creative, outgoing, gentle and at ease 

Jazz: high self-esteem, creative, outgoing and at ease

Classical: high self-esteem, creative, introvert and at ease

Metal: low self-esteem, creative, not hardworking, not outgoing, gentle and at ease

Indie: low self-esteem, creative, not hardworking, not gentle

Country: hardworking, outgoing


Here’s what I don’t like about this study:          

1. Genres do little to describe music.  Much of music is a blend of a variety of genres.  

2. People listen to more than one genre.  Some may say they listen strictly to country or classical or jazz, but I doubt most people still do.  I’d consider myself a fan of  nearly all of the genres listed.

3. It didn’t test how much each person valued music. For some, music is a lifeline.  They can’t start their day without.  They obsess over bands and eagerly await their new records.  Others have only a passing interest.  They may flip on the radio on their way to work, but it is little more than background noise.            

For me, genres are unimportant.  Nashville musician Darrell Brown said in his blog in The New York Times that the key to a great song is the three H’s: honesty, humanity and hooks. 


These rules are simple, but they’re all you really need to know to make great music.  With the proliferation of 4-tracks and laptops with audio recording software, it’s easier than ever to grab a guitar, write a song and share it with the world. 


This blog is dedicated to discussing and discovering music made by people who may not have a label or fit into any genre, but know how to follow the three H’s.