I had started this really serious post about my love of music. I was biking home the other day and thinking about music and its importance in my life.
I just re-read my post…it’s kind of dull. And by kind of – I mean it’s a real snoozer. I have to see if I can’t revive it with something at least interesting about my addiction to music.
Because, really, that’s what it is – an addiction. And not one that I’m interested in ‘curing’ anytime soon. Do they even have MA (Music Anonymous) support groups? That would kind of interesting; people sitting around, introducing themselves and breaking down in sobbing hysterics whilst admitting an unrelenting craving for DEVO.
However, I think if I liked a boy band or The Spice Girls, I’d seek immediate medical attention. Something like that would need curing with drugs. Really intense drugs.
However, back to music –and how much I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it.
I can’t overstate that enough. I can’t imagine doing the following things if I didn’t have music:
- Driving in the Car
- Crunching Numbers
- Taking a walk
I hate to admit – I’m somewhat of a music snob. Sometimes it’s like pulling teeth to get me to listen to something new. But when I’m enthused about a band – everyone gets to hear about it. I imagine it takes a lot of energy to put up with me on a daily basis. That’s why I’ve refined the first two items on my list – it’s the payoff for listening to me drone on about any number of things that I’m rabid about at the moment.
I hate when people ask: What’s your favorite band/song? My answer is typically whatever I’m listening to is my favorite at that point in time. I refuse to listen to music not of my choosing (when possible) – life’s too short to tolerate crap. That said – I do listen to other people’s music – most people I know have really superb taste in music. That is typically one of the reasons we are friends, we have a common love of music. But I’m not down with putting on the radio to some generic station for background noise. I can’t tell you the last time I listened to the radio – with the exception of Pandora.
So like I said – my addiction to music, in and of itself is not interesting at all. But I think one aspect of my addiction that is kind of, well, odd.
When I like a band – I typically am not so much interested in learning about the trivia of the band – it’s not that I don’t care…it’s that I’m more obsessed with listening. I have a high level of tolerance for repetition. I mean really high…for example, I just got into White Stripes “Get Behind Me Satan” and I listened to it at work EVERY DAY FOR EIGHT HOURS STRAIGHT FOR THREE WEEKS. That is roughly 120 hours of listening to the same 13 songs over and over and over again. And if that wasn’t enough – and it wasn’t- I listened every day at home when I was in the kitchen making meals. So we’re talking about roughly a 150 hours dedicated to the same 13 songs. I’m pretty sure that’s bizarre; possibly clinical and noted in the DSM IV.
And just as a side note, it’s STILL in my CD player in the kitchen. And yes, I have a CD player. I don’t actually feel like I own a CD (or album) unless I have the hard copy. MP3 files are too ephemeral. And you don’t get liner notes, publication information, any included art etc. from an MP3 file. I’m sad that CDs are on their way out. And I know this is in direct contrast with my above statement about not caring to know about a band. I still want to know I just don’t care about memorizing factoids about them for trivial pursuit talk.
I also feel very strongly about listening to an entire album in the sequence that the musicians ordered it on the CD. I don’t often choose to listen on ‘random’ – however, ‘repeat’ is very popular with me. I can’t imagine listening to Frank Zappa on ‘random’ – most of his work is meant to be listened to in the order presented on the album/CD.
I like to listen to music with people – but for the most part I like to listen alone. I think it’s so I can get completely lost in the song. Music is very intimate and goes along with my solo hobby lifestyle. It allows me to think, fantasize, sing and cope with life.
I hope music will always be a part of my life and I hope to pass that love on to my son, who is 9 and is a keen fan of some really excellent bands, DEVO, Talking Heads, The Cramps, Esquivel, Zappa, Spike Jones to name a few. When he was in preschool his teachers told me he had an ‘interesting’ repertoire of songs. One parent told us he wanted to meet us because he would drop his daughter off at preschool and hear Dorian belting out Jonny Burnette’s “Train Kept a Rollin’” when he was swinging. It makes a mother proud.