Aaron Egge Old Colorado City
What's your favorite music? Alternative rock Foo Fighters, '90s grunge, the stuff I listened to in college.
What's your concert crowd of choice? I used to like standing 3 or 4 hours, packed elbow to elbow, getting bumped around. Now I prefer sitting to standing. The last show I went to the Folks Festival in Lyons last weekend was very sedate, a lot of families.
What about hip-hop appeals to you? The beat. It's good to work out to.
Is hip-hop a negative social influence? I'm a big freedom-of-speech advocate. The Colorado Springs police saying hip-hop concerts are unsafe is pretty heavy-handed.
Does contemporary music have a subversive edge? Music is pretty commercial now that Clear Channel owns everything. Independent groups don't have much of a voice.
Krystin Simmons Northeast
Fifth- grade teacher
Do you listen to hip-hop? Not so much as I've gotten older. My tastes matured.
What's your favorite music now? I'm pretty eclectic. I listen to classical, gospel, jazz, R&B.
Has the social function of music changed since the '50s and the '60s? Music of the '50s and '60s had more meaning to it. Today's music is less authentic.
What about hip-hop appeals to youth? The glamour, money, cars, big houses.
Which concert crowd do you prefer? Jazz audiences tend to be older and calmer.
Robin Parker Rockrimmon b>
What kind of music do you listen to? b>Christian rock mostly.
What do you think about hip-hop? I don't listen to it but I know the station I listen to plays Christian rap sometimes.
Do you think it negatively impacts young people? b>If they're listening to it on the Christian station, at least they don't have to hear "kill your mother" or "kill your sister" or some of the other lyricsthey can hear a Christian message instead. I've always told my kids that a person may look scary on the outside, like with tattoos or piercings, but if they have a pure heart, they can reach people that someone like me can't.
Bob Campbell, Amanda Lundgren