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Becoming Too Musically Obsessed, If There is Such a Thing: Why I Can Never Be Bored with Music.
I'll admit that today I didn't have nearly as much time to determine what I wanted to post as I would have liked. I have about 4-5 things in the works to publish and the number just grows everyday. Unfortunately I couldn't make up my mind as to what to talk about today in the little time I had, and so I didn't finalize my thoughts on anything...very productive.
This is not the first time this has happened as I think I'm becoming too obsessed with music. I find new bands every single day that interest me ranging from the earliest days of blues to the newest of the new and it makes it a little more difficult to decide what article to finish up to post on any given day. This also puts a serious crimp in my budget as I have to limit myself to the number of new albums I buy every month in order to keep from going broke.
A long time ago I thought this was a bad thing as it meant my music collection would never be finished and I could never just sit back, relax and listen to it. I don't think that anymore as, one, I would run out of material to write about for this site, and two it keeps everything interesting to be constantly finding new artists and keep my tastes evolving. I have quite a backlog of music to listen to, (probably part of why I'm not always up on the newest of the new).
Right now I have a list of about 20 bands that I will eventually own multiple albums by because I like their work and just haven't gotten around to purchasing yet. At this time I might only own one, or perhaps only a few songs, but have gotten so engrossed that I'm sure I'll be adding them to my collection soon enough. My most recent additions are Jethro Tull and Frank Zappa. Two artists that have been floating around on my scope for a while that just recently I have become very interested in (keep an eye out as I'm sure to include articles on both of them as soon as I have the time).
This is why I don't think I'll ever be bored by music. My tastes seem to constantly evolve from one band to the next. When I first started listening to Led Zeppelin more in depth (a long while ago) I suddenly wanted to listen to artists that inspired that band, and so I found early folk and blues, people like Willie Dixon, Leadbelly, and Son House. That lead me, of course, to the original blues master Robert Johnson, which in turn lead me back to probably his most avid supporter: Eric Clapton. And it just keeps going on and on from there. I don't even know how I came to some of these bands, but I'm glad I did as I like all of them for various reasons, and they've all had their influence on me and my evolving musical tastes.
Plus, don't even get me started on my own music as second on my list to listening to music, is playing it myself (and it isn't second by much). I have another whole backlog of guitar gear to eventually try out, plus eventually I'm going to learn to play the mandolin too.
Am I too obsessed with music? Probably...in fact I guarantee that this isn't healthy. Judging from the other rock 'n' roll bloggers I've seen though, and the rock forum members, I don't think I'm alone. I think this is a good thing, as we grow as people as our tastes change. There is some reason why we've been drawn to this new artist, and that reason is part of how we have changed and evolved. Evolving as human beings is a good thing no matter what inspires it. Plus, it is fun, thought provoking, creative, inspirational and makes us happy.
There are worse things in the world to be obsessed with than rock 'n' roll.