Music of My Heart
I’ve spent a great majority of my adulthood looking for, collecting and listening to music. I’ve actually become quite the expert at not only tracking down certain music that I happen to be obsessed with, but also finding out all the information I can about said album, then scouring the internet for high quality artwork to accompany it in my iTunes library. Sometimes I wonder if the hunt is more of a thrill than actually listening to the music because I’d say that I have yet to actually listen to a full third of my library, but that really is neither here nor there.
What I have done this year in addition is try to limit myself to pre-released music. In the day and age of the internet and pre-release leaks, it becomes easy to hear most if not all of an album you’re anticipating days, weeks or even months before the actual release. It can spoil you and by the time the album is out, it’s old hat and you’re already looking for your next fix. Well I am trying to bring back the old feeling of nostalgia by holding off on not only leaks, but even band (label) sanctioned leaks or pre-release tracks so not only am I surprised, but I also have the whole album as context for the music. So far it’s worked out pretty well, I accidentally listened to a few tracks before I became aware that I was looking forward to that band’s upcoming release, but I don’t even remember those tracks now, so no harm, no foul.
Next month is September (in case you have forgotten) and in that month, I know of at least five albums I wish to hear, they are as follows:
- Blink-182’s Neighborhoods
- Dream Theater’s A Dramatic Turn of Events
- Mastadon’s The Hunter
- Opeth’s Heritage
- Thrice’s Major/Minor
I am looking forward to each of these for various reasons and some more than others. I don’t expect to be WOWed by Dream Theater or to be honest, Blink-182, which was one of my favorite bands growing up (Angels and Airwaves just left a really bad taste in my mouth). On the other hand I am fully expecting Opeth and Thrice to blow me away because I know they are both really talented bands and love a majority of their past catalog. Of course I know Mastadon will no doubt give another heavy slab of progressive metal.
There was really no reason for this post other than for me to get out some of my feelings and thoughts about music because I have been fully enamored by it as of late, mostly indulging my senses with Norwegian and Swedish Black Metal from the nineties, but that’s for another time. For now I just wanted to be able to look back and see how wrong or right I was about the albums I mentioned and to share a little something with the world.
I think government should get out of the marriage business completely. When it comes to civil unions, I think the government should endorse civil union between heterosexual or homosexual couples—that that should be something that government would endorse. Leave marriage to the churches.
Gary Johnson, Republican candidate for president in 2012, answering the questions from the CNN debate he was excluded from.
This right here is the right idea, which coincidentally I’ve been saying for years.
So tonight started with me working on my buddy Tim’s new site design for his band The Longshot, however working on that design gave me the itch to tinker with mine to make a few changes I came up with and to fix a few things. But after spending some time with it I realized I liked this design and structure so I just retrofit this theme with some of the changes and in the end kept it pretty much as is. There’s still more I want to do, but for now I am happy.
Other than that I don’t really do much on here, do I?