Through alien influences and suggestions being transmitted to me via my tinfoil hat, I've been urged to listen to more contemporary music, to expand my awareness. And since I'm horrified at the thought of becoming a clueless, doddering old fart who hasn't a clue, I'm listening to quite a bit of it.
Listen to bunches of three-minute tunes, you quickly adopt favorites -- favorite songs and favorite artists. My current favorite is a young singer-songwriter-guitar player, John Mayer, who I hear is big-time right now. His song "Heartbreak Warfare" is gorgeous, but my favorite tune of his is a more modestly-crafted, unassuming work, one which, though devoid of drama, captures the spirit of our turbulent times.