I think I became much more tolerant to music over the years (I'm only 21, btw) I started listening to Wings at 11 and it was already a weird thing to do, most of my friends said. Still, Wings is quite easy going, but I started digging into McCartney's most obscure songs and started liking new crazy sounds. But I wanted some noise when I was 16 so I started listening to ska/punk (Sublime, early No doubt, the Specials) but I was lucky it only lasted about a year or so. The I "discovered" the Doors and accidentally downloaded a track called "White Rabbit" by Janis Joplin. One of my friends told me it wasn't Joplin at all and that's how I found the airplane. At first I could only listen to Surrealistic Pillow songs, most of the others seemed too crazy but then Two Heads became my favourite and I startet looking for more and then reached The Velvet Underground and Nico, The Mamas And The Papas (WAY softer), The Ace Of Cups, Shocking Blue, Sweetwater, Spanky And Our Gang, The Early Airplane, Jefferson Starship, Hot Tuna, Cold Blood, C.K. Strong, and lately, thanks to redrabid I found The United States of America which is becoming my favourite, and the spin-off, Joey Bird and the Field Hippies, both albums are great. I went last week into darker bands like the German Amon Düül II, which inspired Grace to write Never Argue With a German if You're Tired of European Song but it's TOO crazy to stick, and then another psychedelic twist, a brasilian band called Os Mutantes which features crazy tropical sounds with psychedelic music and has terrific male-female vocals. This seems to prove how tolerant one becomes while growing older. If I had listened to The Ballad Of You And Me And Pooneil at 11, I'd definetely hate it, it has to be a progressive thing. The only band I can't seem to find a reason to listen to is The Carpenters. It's too pop for my taste but i somehow love it anyway.
The weird thing is my mom can't stand anyything beyond Wings! JA is too crazy for her!