January 18th, 2009

devo, music

recalibrating how I enjoy music

I'm listening to Sigur Ros' ( ) right now and it's bringing back some memories. This and Cat Power's You Are Free remind me of sitting at my desk on a rainy spring day in Ottawa, kind of lonely, not long before I met nyxie. (In fact, now that I think about it, it was this particular night I'm remembering.)

2001-2003 was sort of a musical awakening. In high school I listened to Pink Floyd, hair bands, and jazz, and in university I listened to the music I had to listen to for classes, for the most part. But in 2002 sometime I picked up a White Stripes CD and then started following musical links from there and ended up sort of catching up on all the music I would've liked in high school if I'd paid attention, and all the music I would've liked if I'd gone to high school in the early 80s, and so on.

And then at some point after that it sort of stopped. It wasn't just because I met nyxie because she and I found lots of great music together in 2003. But some of my passion dried up and I've been thinking lately about what changed, and I've come up with a lot of things.

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I really want to fix this because I used to get a lot of enjoyment out of it. I was brainstorming on that too, and came up with a bunch of things I want to do:

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And now that I've written it down I have more reason to do it! So let me start here: what awesome music have I missed out on in the last five or six years?