Who are you and why am I reading this?
Hey there! Good question. My name is Noah, and I am a freshman in college. Listening to music is the number one thing that I spend my time doing. The second most common thing that I do is reading about music. I love reading people’s opinions about the best albums in history and then discovering those albums for myself. But it wasn’t always that way. In fact, my music listening experience has really been just a repetitive series of me delicately removing my head from my ass. Let’s hop in our wayback machines and travel to the summer before my sophomore year of high school. At that point, I had only listened to the absolute dregs of modern music. But that summer was when I started listening to The Beatles. I downloaded some of their songs from iTunes and listened to the stuff that my parents already had on CD.
Head-from-ass removal #1: Hey, old music is good.
Head-from-ass removal #2: Maybe I should listen to whole albums instead of just songs.
And with that, I devoured The Beatles’ discography. And I loved it. Probably the most life-changing experience I’ve had, because it led me to where I am today. But there was still a long way to go. I started listening to other 60’s music, like some Beach Boys and Rolling Stones compilations. But I couldn’t get over the fact that it all sounded like a bunch of Beatles parodies. That is, until I listened to Tommy by The Who.
Head-from-ass removal #3: The Beatles aren’t the only great band.
By now, I felt this burning itch that could only be scratched by music. So I began to conquer the 60’s and 70’s. I bought Rolling Stone’s special edition of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and made my way through a ton of classic albums. Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, and The Velvet Underground entered my musical lexicon. I even forayed into 50’s music, and Buddy Holly began to occupy a special place in my heart. It felt good. But I was smug about my music-listening habits. I thought I was so much better and cooler than other people who didn’t listen to the classics. I hated anything from the 80’s or later, simply because I was wrapped up in the idea that older music is inherently better. Oh, how things have changed. One day in junior year, I saw Yankee Hotel Foxtrot by Wilco at my local library, and checked it out because I recognized the cover from some greatest albums lists. My mind was blown. It was from 2002, and it was incredible. How could this be?
Head-from-ass removal #4: Hey, new music is good.
I started exploring indie, alternative, electropop, all kinds of stuff from the 80’s, 90’s, and 2000’s. There was a period when R.E.M. were my favorite band. My go-to source for music reviews and lists shifted from Rolling Stone to Pitchfork. Regardless, I still continued to explore 60’s and 70’s music. All of this was aided by a Spotify subscription, which honestly changed my life by giving me unlimited access to music. I was a new man. But there was one genre that I refused to listen to, because, well, I thought it was worthless. But I bought a new pair of headphones (Audio-Technica ATH-M50s), and I wanted to find a really well-produced album on which to test them out. Because I’d seen it in the Rolling Stone 500, I gave Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy a listen. I was floored.
Head-from-ass removal #5: Hey, rap is good.
Head-from-ass removal #6: Wait a minute. What if every decade and every genre contains great music? What if there were no boundaries to the music I listened to? What if I could finally pull my head out of my ass once and for all?
So that’s where I’m at right now. I don’t think I’ve fully opened the floodgates of music, because I still haven’t gotten into everything that’s out there (ahem…METAL). But I am continuously discovering music of all types, and I have a lot of opinions. I could talk about music endlessly. So, I began to wonder: If I enjoy reading about music so much, why don’t I try my hand at writing about it? And that’s what I’m doing. If you’re willing to take this journey with me, continue to check out my site. I promise to upload something cool every few days, whether it be a review, a thinkpiece, a song, a video, a personal treatise, or a random thought. Happy reading, everybody! Come back soon!