I love listening to music, especially music that I’ve never heard before. New music–at least to me–is like going on an adventure; I never know what to expect from it. Sometimes I begin to listen to an album not knowing what to expect only to be blown away by it! Perfect example: Blind Pilot’s Album “3 Rounds And A Sound.” Easily one of the best albums I’ve ever heard. Did go in expecting to hold it as one of my favorite albums of all time? No way, Jose. Would I have found this band if I wasn’t looking for new music to listen to? No way, Jose! That is why I LOVE listening to new music. It’s an adventure. I never know what will end up being my all-time favorite…
Here is my encouragement to you: Go and LISTEN TO MUSIC! Culture yourself. Find music that you’ve never listened to and listen to it. Don’t know where to start? Here are some good techniques:
- Have your friends burn you a CD of their favorite songs.
- If you have iTunes, use the Genius feature to help you find music that you might like.
- Create a Last.fm profile and browse other music profiles. Here’s mine.
- Go to Purevolume.com and see what the rest of the world is listening to.
- Check out this crazy awesome online music player, Pandora. com.
- You can even go to the library and check out the music collection there if you want. (Yes, I’ve actually done this before).
I’m telling you, you’ll be surprised at what you like.
Alright well that’s enough of my motivational monologue on the importance of listening to music. Below is the first of my bi-monthly (or monthly, I haven’t decided yet) posts on the music that I’ve added to my music library. My goal is to share with you what I’m listening to so you can be inspired to check some of it out.
- Andre Nickatina
- Arsonists Get All the Girls – Portals
- Black Kids – Partie Traumatic
- Copeland – Dressed Up & In Line, Eat Sleep Repeat
- Drake – So Far Gone
- Dr. Dre – The Chronic, The Chronic 2001, The Chronicles
- Have Heart – The Things We Carry
- Incubus – Monuments and Melodies
- Islands – Arm’s Way
- Josh Rosenthal – Overture EP
- Kings of Leon – Only By the Night
- Leeland – Opposite Way, Love Is On the Move
- Matisyahu – The Place to Be
- MercyMe – All That is Within Me
- Mutemath – Armistice
- Needtobreathe – The Heat, The Outsiders, Daylight
- Notorious B.I.G. – Life After Death
- Oceana – The Tide
- Rebelution – The Bright Side of Life
- Sanctus Real – We Need Each Other
- Set Your Goals – This Will Be the Death of Us
- Tech N9ne – Sickology 101
- The Unicorns – Who Will Cut Our Hair When We’re Gone?
- Voxtrot – Raised By Wolves, Voxtrot
My favorites so far
Keep listening friends,
Chris “Stevie” Varela
Coming soon – A post on how to use .rss feeds and other technology to further immerse yourself in the world of music.