It's one of those funny things that shows that she was meant to be in our family; she has strong musical preferences, just like the rest of us. I was trained as a classical harpist, and we make and listen to a lot of music around our house. Ana is never afraid to register her opinion about what's currently playing.
Here are a few examples of some strong Ana preferences:
The Chieftains (Irish folk music) and Mogwai (Scottish post-rock) rarely fail to get a happy scream. The same goes for The Gipsy Kings. Ana wonders why they haven't let her join up yet.
Mahler Symphony V on the other hand caused such wailing and hullabaloo that we thought maybe she was injured or sick. It wasn't until Mogwai came on afterward and her demeanor instantly changed that we realized she just hates ponderous German composers. She likewise was quite dubious of Richard Strauss.
High church polyphonic chant and Bach both seem to be enjoyable to her, but never get the screams of joy that are reserved for her favorite bands.
She seems to like all live music, but it is still fairly easy to distinguish the hierarchy of "amazing" to "tolerable". She has been helping me choose which harp repertoire to practice, and has pretty good taste.
With Christmas coming up, I expect we will find out how she feels about such things as The Nutcracker and other classics.
Be looking for a new sidebar documenting Ana's favorite tunes!