You know what I mean!!!!!
A few years ago, I mentioned “Let It Rock” by Bon Jovi on Facebook, because it happened to come on my iPod earlier in the day. A friend of mine said he hadn’t heard that in years even though he owned Slippery When Wet, and it made me curious about how people listen to their music. I’m not as obsessive about music as some people are, but I’m more obsessive than others. I like music, certainly, and I put almost everything I own on my iPod and now my phone. I almost only listen to music in the car, because usually when I’m at home, my wife is working and I don’t want to bother her. I still buy physical compact discs, because, like comics, I like the physical objects, but I’m certainly not adverse to getting something only digitally. I haven’t transferred my cassette tapes to digital, so every so often, I drag out the old boom box that has a tape player and put one in.
I don’t listen to Spotify or any other music service, and I rarely listen to the radio. I have Sirius XM in one car, and whenever I think I should cancel it, I don’t, even though it’s almost completely frivolous on my part. But then, every once in a while, I just want to listen to some of the channels. It’s silly, but I do. I have a few channels programmed in, and I flip around. But I don’t do that very often.
I don’t tend to find a lot of new music, which is fine with me. A lot of the bands I like are still releasing albums, and I’m good – as I noted above, I’m not obsessive about music. Most of the new bands I’ve found on my own in the past decade come from soundtracks on television shows – there is some cool music being used as outros or just in the body of the show itself, and if I hear something neat, I try to look it up. I haven’t dived into Puscifer as much as I should, but I know them because I heard a few of their songs in episodes of Yellowstone, I believe. I’m certainly not averse to bands I’ve never heard before, and I’ll get some occasionally, but it’s just difficult when you don’t devote yourself so much to music.
My point with my friend was: If you liked something for years, why don’t you listen to it anymore? I hear hair metal from the 1980s all the time, because it’s on my phone and I listen to it on “random” all the time (I know I could do playlists, but I never have). So I might get “Let It Rock” and then immediately get “Genie in a Bottle” by Christina Aguilera (yes indeed!) and then “Kiev” by Renaissance and then “Fade to Black” by Metallica and then “Get Used to Me” by Chuck D and then “Your Kisses Are Wasted on Me” by the Pipettes. You just never know! I have a CD player in the car, so sometimes I’ll just play CDs. But I don’t “move on” from things I liked in the past, because why would I? So I’m always puzzled by people who say they used to love something but haven’t heard it in years. Don’t we have technology to remedy that? How do those people listen to their music? Do they listen to music? It beats me.
But, as I noted, I’m still curious. So my Question is: How do you consume your music? Do you listen to music? What do you do in the car if you don’t listen to music? Audio books? (Gasp) Silence? Let me know!!!!!