||[Apr. 5th, 2009|06:10 pm]
|||||Quasi - I Never Want To See You Again||]|
I used to love being on the cutting edge of music. I kept up with all the latest bands, knew all the hippest songs, and forced horrible, almost unlistenable music on my friends because I knew about it and they didn't.
Cut to present day where I feel like I have absolutely no idea what bands are 'in', and in actuality, the thought of all of these new bands gets me down. The newer bands that really get me excited seem to be the bands that got other people really excited about three years ago, it just gets tiresome and depressing when you try to keep up to the point that you're not even listening, you're just collecting.
I miss the feeling of the summer jams, the feeling of a new album coming out that you're actually excited for, the feeling of tearing open a CD, rolling your windows down and driving around town all day listening to it. I still get this feeling from repurchasing classics from my youth or early twenties, or discovering older bands that don't exist anymore or have gone out of fashion long before the current era of music - so what's the point of branching out. For me, today's bands offer little incentive to tread into their new frontier - why would I try a restaurant's new line of specials when I just came for my usual? This isn't to say that I am going to shun all current music for fear of trying something new - I just feel like I let music come to me these days instead of seeking it out. What sticks sticks, and the rest sort of slides away.
I guess I don't really know what I'm getting at, I just feel a certain frustration with modern music and I get that consumer feeling that I have to know and love all of it. I feel like that is how things are designed these days, moreso than ever - disposable, get rich schemes that bands rarely survive. The strong ones make it, the ones that are designed to see through all of that. Maybe I'm just overthinking it and should just listen to whatever gets my toes tapping.