In the last few months, I've rediscovered music.
I realize that might not be particularly meaningful, but I'm not sure I quite understand what changed. I'm buying a lot more CDs now than I ever did, I'm up on current and past bands, I'm reading Spin, and I'm enjoying a lot more current music than I used to.
Part of the reason is that the background is a bit weird; in high school I was making a decent amount of money playing bass in local jazz bands, so my early musical mentors weren't my peers. And then my first few years of University were intense study of jazz and classical music, which essentially took away from the rest of my CD budget. And so on.
But it seems as though it's just since I moved to Ottawa that i've (re?-)discovered (post?-)punk and techno and even some of the scenes I missed on the way to now like punk and new wave. I'm buying a lot of CDs and downloading a lot of mp3s and stuff. I'd say I've doubled the size of my CD collection in the last year. Now, true, I've got a real job now, but I don't think that's it -- this isn't stuff I'd have bought two years ago.
I blame this partially on The White Stripes. I bought White Blood Cells after I heard "Fell In Love With A Girl" on the radio. And ok, so I like the White Stripes, and friends start suggesting other things. I think the canonical answers at the time to "What other bands would I like?" were The Strokes and The Hives, which I soon picked up.
(Also, I saw a reference to the White Stripes in Cat and Girl, the best webcomic ever. If you read Cat and Girl regularly, you'll understand why this was important.)
And then it sort of blossomed from there. I won't bore you with the connections between that and a bunch of other styles I'm listening to again, but the odd part is that I no longer feel like I'm in the dark in terms of music again. I sort of wish I'd caught some of this stuff earlier, because I feel like I'd be more into the scene at 20 instead of now, but oh well.
This ties into an lj entry I meant to make a while ago about a little personal epiphany/revelation/satori I had a while ago. My next entry will explain it as I tried to explain it to substitute when it happened.
I'm not sure how this music observation concludes. I suppose it doesn't, because it's still going, but whee, I'm glad I'm finding all this cool stuff now. I got seriously burned out on playing music when I was working on my B.Mus, and maybe it's taken this long to get over that, or at least to let my hair down sufficiently to listen to music without academic pretention.