January - Part 1: An Introduction
Welcome to my new Search/Play/Repeat blog. One of the ideas and influences I got for this blog began when I started to see articles that suggest people stop discovering new music by around the age of 30. This caused a bout of introspection. Why? Well, because I was coming up on 30 and realized I was fitting into that statistic way more than I was comfortable with.
Listening to and discovering music has always been a huge part of who I am. It's one of the reasons why I'm writing for SPB to begin with, but over time, day-to-day life becomes exhausting. You start to realize you have less and less time to do the things that you enjoy, and you start to feel like you're losing a piece of yourself. It's something that was taking a toll on me and having an effect on my contributions to Scene Point Blank.
Another point of influence came when a forum I frequent proposed a challenge to listen to 50 albums that you haven't heard before. It seemed like a good start to helping me break my routine. Music is more easily accessible now than it's ever been before. Technology makes it incredibly easy to discover new music as well as venture into the past and listen to the albums you may not have actually had much interest in if it weren't so accessible. From the "classics" to the new or obscure. I mean, we live in a time where you can listen to most of, if not all, 100-something Frank Zappa albums at will. It's as simple as searching for what you want, pressing the "play" button, and repeating the process. And that's what I'm going to do.
Over the course of the year, I'm going to listen to and discover as much music as I can find the time to do. I'm going to try and listen to some "critically-acclaimed" albums I never got to growing up. I'm going to try and listen to some new 2020 releases. I'm going to try and fill in the gaps from artists I already like and hopefully find some new ones along the way. At the end of each month, I'll share a playlist of my favorite/notable songs from some of those albums and maybe sneak in some new singles that grab my attention. I may even chime in from time to time in the middle of the month to talk about what I've been listening to. In the end, I hope you find something new that you like as well.
TL:DR Version: I listen to albums I haven't to before and then make a playlist. Head to Part 2 for January's playlist.
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