Behind New Music Friday
The other day I was talking to my mom on the phone, and she said "I don't really like all of the music, but I like the way you're writing about it."
That's fair, I thought. I wouldn't expect everyone to like everything I'm listening to. Hell, I don't necessarily like everything I end up listening to, but for me that's sort of the point.
Before I joined Chanticleer, my primary interests were in theater and jazz and exploring the vast world of recorded music. I worked in record stores for many years, and continually sought to experience new sounds and new ways to approach music.
As anyone does, I settled into some favorite styles and artists, but I feel strongly that much of my music education came from trying to discover the things I could like about music that I didn’t initially enjoy. Through conversations with fans of music I knew nothing about, I learned to appreciate influences I had never before considered.
The pleasure I derive from absorbing a variety of new sounds has never subsided, but the time I have spent seeking it out has waned over the years. One of my current pursuits is to get back to that joy of discovery. That’s why I began this New Music Friday series on my blog. New music is released every Friday, and I’m using this as an opportunity to highlight a small handful of records that I’ll be happily making time to listen to.
The best I can hope for is that it might spark a conversation about what makes music good. At the very least, I thought it might be fun to share.