Here’s the place I find myself in at this point in time. For many, many years, it was important to me to continue in a forward moving manner where music was concerned. And I have done that. In fact, there are many new additions to my interests that are important to me. But when I move all the chess pieces around, I recognize that music of my youth was and is still the most important to me.
If I were to just screech to a grinding halt and stop actively searching for new music, I honestly believe that my musical life might become less complicated, and much less frustrating.
Searching for new music in an active way is consuming. It requires a lot of listening, mostly to stuff that has no value at all. When you add up all the acquired pieces you find that much of it does not even equate to the lowly pawn in a chess set. And that’s not good.
As we age, the experience of music is supposed to be ultra rewarding. We’re supposed to be able to continually surround ourselves with the stuff we grew up with and a fair mix of new. But the methods that allow us the ability to find such things have been subverted. Radio sucks (for the most part). The usual fine magazines no longer exist. It’s such a chore to find good, trusted websites that can point the way effortlessly. And reading such sites take a bunch of valuable time away. And all I can find to say is DAMN the radio stations for stealing a valuable media away from me.
What I desire most now, is to spend the time I have on loved music. And there is a wealth of unexplored music from my youth that I can now pay attention to. The good thing about that is that the music extends from a valued period. There, my guarantees are greater, my rate of returns more satisfying.
Of course, I’d still keep my ears to the ground for new music. But things like that kind of get in your face. Just like back in the day.
My question to you today is simply this: Do you even care much about today’s music? Or does the music of the past hold the great key? Would you rather just paddle in that part of the ocean that is most familiar to you? Or do you like swimming everywhere?