Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Seemingly Inane Yet Eventually Character-Building Goals: MUSIC

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While I was still in the claws of the Evil Money-Making Scheme I call a BPO job, I experienced both lows and highs in my music listening experience.

The high: I re-discovered my now favorite band, OK Go. I say rediscovered as two of OK Go's album had been stored on my iPod for the longest time. It was only in 2008, when I was editing gene codes, that I blasted OK Go songs on a loop for 8 hours just to get the boredom out of my head. From then on, it was madness.

The low: Being stuck with just one favorite artist (and two to three favorite albums), also became a low for me music-wise. As much as I love my favorite band, how awful would it be to be stuck listening to one type of music for months and even years?

Before OK Go, I would listen to world music, Canto POP, KPOP, alternative rock, top 40s, indie alternative, electronica, classical, and basically almost anything that can be played on an iPod. Simply put, after I got over my initial OK Go High (a high that lasted 8 months), I finally found myself stuck in a rut. Those were the days I'd listen to Ne-Yo and attend the Incubus concert (a band that I don't even like) just so I have something different to listen to. It also did not help that my former job does not allow MP3 players inside of its premises because of their staunch information security policies.

This year, as part of my Seemingly Inane Yet Eventually Character-Building Goals, I resolve to redefine my listening habits.



1. I want to know and each and every song on my iPod, Rusty, and purge those that I stored out of MP3 hoarding.

2. I want to scrobble at least 50,000 tracks on my last.fm account by the end of June.

3. I want to listen to other people's music, but know my music. I do not aspire to be an indie scene kid (I love my pop music shamelessly); I just want to listen to as much music as I can.

4. I want to get to know the artists behind the songs I listen to, get to know what motivated them to write their songs, know what a track's and an album's back stories are. I want to be able to articulately talk about my music

5. I want to define my taste in music without restricting myself to a genre. As of the moment, it's leaning towards happy alternative rock, twee pop, annoying-yet-catchy top 40s, tolerable indietronica, angry-yet-enlightened female rock, singer-songwriter, John Mayer, OK Go, well executed covers, pre-disco boyband Maroon 5, not-when-he's-adlibing-too-much Jason Mraz, Feist, and bands that sound like the a-lot-better-Coldplay Travis.

I want to listen to more of Mumford & Sons, Anberlin, Arcade Fire beyond their latest two albums, The National beyond their song Blood Buzz Ohio (looooove it!), get past Lykke Li's high-pitched voice, and finally sink my teeth into The Magnetic Fields.

6. I want to watch one of the last Sugarfree performances, by hook or by crook!

7. I want to go to one local gig, at least one. Preferably General Luna.

8. And although I do not have high hopes for nor interest in local music (fine! Hurl stones at me, will ya?), I want to be acquainted with it, buy it a few beers, and see where it goes from there.

9. I want to see The Killers, Vampire Weekend, and (okay, okay) Maroon 5 live.

These are grand ambitions, my friends, but I would want to beat the hell out of these goals. I seem to forgot how music used to inspire me, how it used to automatically turn a crappy day into a better one, and how it connects me to a greater network of people. This year, I am re-exploring, re-acquaintingwith, and re-loving music, whatever it takes.

How about you? Any music-related resolutions? Better yet, tell me about the music you listen to and let's be each other's last.fm co-stalkers while we're at it!

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