Here'z some more comments about very very old posts to this thread. :) I know this thread has been dead for a while except for one alcohol-inspired rant that I posted and then quickly took down, but anyway, here I go responding to posts anyway. New posters or anybody who wants to chat are welcome to post. That means yooooou .....
Hello JackWhite from Belgium, thank you for your post, I'm from the USA so I love the fact that you're from far away from me. Your taste in music leaves me somewhat befuddled but highly amused. :) You've obviously heard some very very great music, but at the same time, you seem to be a fan of certain bands that I don't think very highly of. ... So what? :) Love whatever music you love, and don't let anybody
, including me, tell you different!
Keep listening to new stuff and don't be afraid to explore different-sounding music and let your tastes evolve over time. Everyone who takes music seriously spends some time figuring out what they like most and then ends up regretting some time spent with lesser-quality music, or maybe decides that nostalgia and personal fondness are sufficient to elevate lesser-quality music to a level of greatness. I've done both. I hope you continue listening to music seriously long enough to also do both.
I peeked at your music thread (which looks sooo kewl
). Pay as much attention as possible to the Clash and Black Sabbath, and you'll end up with even better taste in music than you already have. That's a suggestion but also a high personal compliment, BTW, from one music fan to another. :)
Incidentally, I'm listening to Prince while I'm writing this. Take it from me, all youse peoples out there -- you will not find greater genius in all of modern music, try as you might. Check out the first 33 seconds of "When Doves Cry" and then tell me I'm wrong. :PPP
@ Hiya Zylvyn,
I'm a big fan of Metallica and (less so but still) a fan of Megadeth and of good ol' Rush (saw them live in Charlotte NC in about 1994 -- great effin' show, natch), although I draw a blank on the other artists you mention (except Brad Paisley -- how come he gets a pass when you avoid all other country, huh?), but anyway, good for you that you're open to different styles and you appreciate the value of matching your tunes to your mood, whatever that may be. I had a friend once with absolutely great taste in music who had no appreciation whatsoever for matching music with mood, so he was always putting on super-dark, moody shit in the middle of bright, sunny afternoons, when everybody else was looking to party and chill out to feel-good tunez. Never could figure that out! Oh well, different strokes make the world go 'round ....
BTW I was really moved by what you said about your college experience and your troubled feelings then, and so forth ... I know a little bit about depression and similar emotional hells, so your comments about your personal experiences were much appreciated. IMO, one of the most important things about music is the fact that it is one of the few things that can reach people in their toughest, blackest emotional moments and provide some sense of comfort or relief, however limited. Anyone who has ever turned to music for that purpose has a lot in common with me, that's for sure. :)
Personally, I have huge love for Nirvana, NIN and Manson, so that makes me especially interested in the other stuff you mentioned, because I'm not familiar with those other artists, in spite of the fact that you and I seem to share some musical tastes, so maybe that means I'll like some of those groups. Anyway, I'll keep my eye out for them and check them out, so thanks for the recommendations.
I'm glad that you spend money on music (is that what you meant by "maintaining a subscription" to Grooveshark?). The more I think about it -- and I care about the world of pop music a lot, so I've thought about it a lot -- I think the most important thing for music fans to do in this age of widely-pirated music is to find some
way to spend money in a way that actually reaches the musicians, the people who originate the music, rather than the businesses (or, too often, hyper-super-Wall Street-Fortune 5000-mega-conglomerate-corporations) that function as middlemen between the actual artists and their audience. I find that my personal downloading/pirating habits don't actually detract from the total amount of money that I spend on music -- rather, streaming/pirating/downloading/torrenting has just become another way for me to try out new music, in the same way that listening to free radio exposed previous generations to new music. The stuff that's really worthwhile gets money from me one way or another, eventually if not immediately, when I go to their concerts, or buy some CD that I haven't pirated, or turn on a friend to the band, or whatever. At least IMO.
Anybody happening by this thread is welcome to post, whether to respond to the original questions in the first post, or to simply comment on other people's posts and contribute to the discussion. I'm watching and will post again with further responses, commments, etc., whether or not it happens sooner or happens later. Huge thanks to anyone who happens by and reads along or posts for any reason -- it's a delight to see the responses from any- and every-one. :)