In Corey Taylor's book the Seven Deadly Sins, he discovered there are five development stages of a true music connoisseur.
This is the early recollection of music, the early exposure, the first hit, where you picked up the sound around the radio, television or some sort in your house. You as a toddler, so young and naive, are much attracted onto major keys because the tones feels happy and joyful. The sound make your playful head smile. For example, the Happy Birthday song.
He called this stage the Babysitter Syntax, much because your musical sense is influenced by your siblings and such. It bring more matured music into oneself and more exposition to the current pop and top music of that time.
Most people are casual and usually stuck on stage two but if you pass, you will come to this crucial stage: discovering your music. Prior to this level, the exposition of other people's fine music come to the point where it stops speaking to your head or sings for you. It doesn't feel right anymore. You need something new, something that really define who you really are, something like your own music. No more other people's influence. As you begin searching, it become the turning point of your musical direction afterwards.
This stage is the maturation of the younger aggressive stage. You ears become mellowed, and expanding to reach the boundaries of music you once hate, or left, or uncovered. You begin to accept, but it doesn't mean you have to like it. You become wise.
The final stage: the creation and realization of your own music. Means, make your own 'this-is-me-myself' song, without mimicking or influenced by what have you been listening to. The song of your attitude.
Which stage are you?