Ooo, back-to-back posts from the guy who started the thread. That doesn't bode well. :( Have I already run out of new people interested in responding to the thread? Or did my semi-snarky, smart-ass responses put people off? Or is it just a coincidence, and other people may yet happen by and respond to the thread? I hope it's the latter, but who can tell? Anyways, I got time to post, so here's some more responses to things for anybody interested in a bit of PbP-chitchat. :) (Oh wait, duh, Lilias posted here last, not me. Thank you Lilias!)
God, what a charmed life you must lead. :) I know that's not always true, for you or for any of us, but your musical remembrance was just amazing, picturing you and future Mr. O defying the complacency around you in that moment and giving crowd love to Dennis DeYoung. There are so many remarkable things happening simultaneously in that anecdote that it's almost hard to believe, except that I've had comparable experiences myself at concerts, or nearly-similar ones, at least -- moments that easily count among the most mind-blowing cherished experiences of my life. Those are the kinds of moments that music-listening and music-fandom can make possible for people. I was thinking over the comment Aiden made above about how a piece of music affected his "soul," I think was what he said ... It's that kind of language that one has to resort to, because there aren't commonplace words to describe the effects music can have on a person, in those rare and priceless instances. I hope and pray that younger people will be able to enjoy such moments as well, in spite of all the dramatic changes and problems in the music industry over the years. Not to mention, I wouldn't mind having a few more such moments myself! :) Thanks so much for your comments, Oniya.
Holy shit, another Tom Waits fan! Never know when or where we're gonna turn up. :) You have completely made my day, sir -- I'm not kidding at all -- simply because you're a 21-year-old who knows and loves Tom Waits. I often fear that the great artists I listen to will disappear into obscurity because younger people are no longer exposed to their genius in the ways that I was; actually, sad to say, I've already watched that happen to more geniuses than I care to count ... But you know, if there are still 21-year-olds out there getting into Tom Waits somehow, some way, then the world must be doing alright after all, IMO.
You and many folks here talked about the ways that people find new music or struggle to do so. I'm pleased to learn that others do some of the same things I've done, in terms of seeking out artists who are somehow connected to the artists you already love, whether by working with those artists or even just being influenced by them. It's another practice I hope younger folks are still doing out there somewhere, to help them learn about all the great music that they can't learn about any more from listening to the radio or watching MTV or going to cheap concerts, as we oldsters did.
Many if not most of my favorite artists have some "degrees-of-separation" link to each other ... In fact, one of my best friends long ago had a game he'd made of the whole process, something like "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon," except his was "Six Degrees of Brian Eno" or someone else really obscure and ubiquitous like that ... He could plug in absolutely anybody in the music world (maybe outside of it too) and get back to Eno (or whoever it was), usually in just three or four steps. Yes, believe it or not, some people are bigger music nerds than I am! ...
Hemingway, I had a genuine LOL over your remarks about "Martha," which has to be in the running for Most Heart-Wrenching Wrist-Slashing Mega-Depressing Song EVER. :) (I love it too.)
By the way, lots and lots of people here have mentioned artists whose music I know nothing about. Getting to know new music is a slooow process for me -- I've got a few hundred purchased CDs that I'm behind on listening to already! -- but I plan to eventually look up each of these unfamiliar artists and get a taste of their music, so it's a real service you're doing by sharing your favorites here, for me at least. I expect I'll find more than one new artist I like from the research process, once I get around to it.
I'm going to use Tsais's post as an excuse to blab further about my musical opinions, but I'm going to put off doing so for a while longer, partly because I'm hoping others will stop by and leave remarks or responses, and also because I enjoy this kind of blabbing so much that I want to save some of it for later. :) Is that pathetic or bizarre? Pheh, I don't care!