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Musical (In Which I Talk About Diversity in Musical Taste)

I’m Sorry.

If I don’t start forcing myself to make time to write something here, I’m going to have to start every post with an apology. I’m like a sitcom husband who has to apologize before he says anything else.

Anyway, I was thinking the other day about the diversity in the collection of music I keep available to listen to at all times. I’m very spontaneous with my music choices, so I’m one of those people who prefers to keep every song I own handy so I can choose on the fly. I have a relatively full, 80GB iPod.  The range of music on there astounds me sometimes.

I don’t own every album by every artist I like, but it’s sometimes interesting to put the device on shuffle and see what comes out.  IT can jump from John  Lee Hooker’s version of “Boom Boom Boom” to Jimmy Buffet’s “Last Mango in Paris” to O.A.R’s “Shatter” to Notorious B.I.G’s “Going Back to Cali” back to Johnny Cash’s “Hey Porter.”  I’m about to turn 26.

You’d think my music player would be filled with Top 40 songs and hits from when I was growing up for nostalgia purposes. Instead it looks like I share my music player with 500 people and they all get to pick a an album or two and some singles. It’s just weird.

I take a lot of musical suggestions from the other Gent writing here.  If he recommends something I know it will at least be worth giving a listen to because we share a similar taste.  At least until I get distracted by some reggae or something.

I guess there really isn’t a point to sharing that my musical tastes are so all over the map, but it got me wondering; Do other people have such all over the map taste? Do other people routinely listen to BritPop one day and folk rock the next? or Psychadelic Rock then move on to Old School Blues? Or am I the only one?

Leave me a comment and let me know.  Maybe I am the only one.

-Chris

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Things You Should Like

Here are some things I think you should like, whether in the Facebook induced digital button format, or by exploring them further and maybe even purchasing something.

ART

Stephen Silver

Character artist, and the creator of Kim Possible and Danny Phantom. He creates some phenomenal characters. Really fun stuff.

Skottie Young

Comic book artist for Marvel. He also has a lot of individual project that are stunning. He’s recently been working on a comic/graphic novel version of The Wizard of Oz. Check him out. Very whimsical.

Music

The Decemberists

A wonderful Folk/Alternative group for those of you who don’t mind odd instruments and complex lyrics. They just released a new album last week. It’s a little closer to a mainstream sound and might be a good place for a new listener to get started. They’re a great group for writers/teachers/lovers of the English language, or anyone who likes fancy words.

Vampire Weekend

A very catchy Alternative/BritPop group. A little strange, but I promise the songs are just difficult to turn off. I’m surprised I like them, but once I heard them I had to hear more.  For a reference, they did the song “Holiday” from all those Christmas car commercials. I feel like I should point out that “Holiday” is not actually about the Holidays. Also they don’t really have any songs about vampires, or weekends.

Everyone should enjoy the same things I enjoy.

I’m just kidding.

Kind of.

-Chris