Monthly Archives: April 2016
The worst part about being in college is it feels like I’m doing a lot of nothing, but never in an environment when I can listen to music. It seems like I’m missing all the best things: I still haven’t heard Pvris’ new song, no I haven’t listened to A Day To Remember’s new jam, I didn’t even know Simple Plan had a new album – who knows what else I’ve missed while I was “out” and away from my headphones.
Sometimes it gets so frustrating, because I want to be up to date and I love having a rotation of CD’s in my car, but now I’m out of the house most of the day and my car’s CD player is broken! I’m surprised it hasn’t caused me more distress.
Just like reading, listening to new music is a luxury some of us (college students) feel like we can’t afford. But you probably have more free time than you think you do.
Listen to the radio
There’s nothing wrong with tuning into one of the many pop stations for your ride to work, because there’s plenty of great hits out there to enjoy. You’ll for sure come across things you don’t want to hear for the several dozenth time that day, but when you tune into rewind stations or hard rock stations, you’d be surprised what throwbacks and new songs come into your life. It’s usually a last ditch effort, but try pausing that Fall Out Boy CD you’ve played over and over again to see if something catches your ear.
Ask your friends for suggestions
This won’t always be the best idea, but worst case scenario you never listen to those bands. Usually you’ll find you have a lot more in common than you thought, and best case scenario you learn about a new musician you love!
It’s even more fun when your friends make you ‘mixtapes’ for the road.
Go back to your roots
Sometimes, new music isn’t the answer at all. It’s sometimes more comforting to go back and listen to a band you heard in concert last summer, or the first band you ever called your favorite, or just something that really gets you moving in the mornings. No one is going to criticize you for being behind the times. I also recommend movie soundtracks if you’re desperate.
All in all, it’s not so hard to find new music, even if you are falling behind on binge-listening your favorite bands’ new records. Just remind yourself to take a break once in awhile to enjoy the big stuff, and appreciate the little stuff when you’re less free.
What new songs have you been enjoying?
I have a new article coming up very soon (probably right after this one) but I wanted to take a moment and acknowledge that this website has been in in existence for four years now. FOUR YEARS! (Insert Four Year Strong joke here.) Something that was a pipe dream when I was a freshman in highschool turned into a series of unbelievable adventures and I am so thankful for that opportunity.
I can never say if I’m returning to this site for good, but I would love to make that promise. I went to a Neck Deep concert at Rocketown earlier this year, and I’ll be seeing Pvris and hopefully The Nearly Deads later on this spring. Between classes and my new position at Odyssey, I may or may not find the motivation to write more reviews. Something I’d like to consider is just a weekly update of what I’ve been listening to, so the website doesn’t go dead while I’ve got other plans.
All in all, I want to thank anyone who has stopped by over the years, and my parents for helping me get this together and taking me to all those concerts because I am STILL not 18. It’s been the craziest, most wonderful thing.
Back to music!