What I Believe About Music

Beginnings

As far back as I can remember, my musical journey began around age five when my mother started to teach me to play the piano. That quickly grew into a love for classical music. I was amazed at the complexity of the music and how it all fit together so seamlessly. I would pop a cassette tape of Bach into my Walkman and turn the volume all the way up. My parents would later come into the room and wave at me to get my attention. I would turned it down and they would tell me that they could hear my headphones in the next room. Once they left, I would slowly increase the volume back to its maxed out position. I can also remember one time in elementary school playing Name That Tune in music class. The score was tied between the two teams and the teacher played the first note of the tiebreaker song. My hand shot up and I guessed “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah. We won! To this day, most of the cassette tapes and CDs that I own are classical.

To shorten this story I went through musical phases. Oldies were next influenced by my father who was in a band during his younger days. He’d always break out the guitar to sing The Clovers’ “Love Potion Number 9,” and other golden oldies. MTV, back when it was actually about music, made sure that I knew my the music of my generation. My college years consisted of a lot of techno and other electronic music. Those phases are a couple of the most notable. In the end, I have had a phase with just about every music genre out there and I enjoy them all. I guess you could say that I have a chronic case of Musical A.D.D. My latest phase is all about music discovery of ALL genres. I created this blog to showcase great music I find that may or may not ever make it to mainstream radio.

Music Beliefs

Music Discovery
Most people find out about new bands from television stations like MTV or VH1, local radio stations, or listening to the opener bands at a concert. Music Discovery has changed dramatically over the last several years with the help of technology and the Internet. New sources of music discovery include Internet radio, websites and apps like Pandora, video sites like YouTube, subscription music websites like Mog, and even the Genius feature in iTunes. That’s just to name a few. My belief here is that better music will show up in the mainstream if we use these other sources instead of being spoon-fed through the old sources.

Be Open-minded
There is sooooo much great music out there. Since I started this blog I have found that there are countless songs that I love that I would have never found without stumbling through a bunch of songs that did not make my favorites list. Give it all a chance. My simple rule of thumb, or ear, is to listen to every new song up through the chorus before moving on.

Geographical Restrictions
I think is ridiculous that I would not be allowed to listen to a song or play a music video because of where I live in the world. I understand why this is the case at this time but it needs to change! Seems like a good example of the music industry making it more about the money then the spread of good music.

Downloading Illegal Music
I believe in supporting the artists by purchasing their music. However, I wasn’t always that way. I used to download all the music that I wanted starting back around 1995. I got rid of it all as the music industry began to see that digital music was the way of the future and started providing easy legal ways of getting it.

Owning Music vs. Subscription Sites
I used to buy new songs many times each week and it was getting expensive. When subscription sites/apps came out I jumped on the bandwagon. If you are a new music fanatic like me you might want to try out the subscription sites too. They cost about $5-10 a month. However, most people are probably happy purchasing a couple songs here and there.

Music Is A Drug
Have you ever put a song on repeat for an hour or more? A 2010 scientific study found that the brain does react similarly to music as it does to addictive drugs. The PET scans and fMRIs showed that the brain released the pleasure chemical called dopamine when the subjects were listening to their favorite music. The study can be found in journal Nature Neuroscience.

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  • Frankberg86

    I believe the same, will be checking up regularly from now on.