Written by contributor Josh Henegar, our resident music guru. He zip-lined last week, btw. Find him on Twitter.
You’re likely in the same boat as most – that which presents few moments to yourself to enjoy a favorite activity. For some, it’s a book on the couch, others television or hot yoga or juggling or something. Perhaps it’s reading a blog like this one. To each their own.
At the top of my list is the perusal of music. Headphones, laptop, coffee, and I’m set. I enjoy the digging and occasional stumbling upon the treasure that is a new artist or song (or new to me), and often an older gem that needed some dusting off. Hours will fly by as I navigate the interwebs, sifting through a lot of junk, reading a lot of reviews, stacking up recommendations, and giving an earnest listen to a stranger’s art. That’s what I do for fun.
It’s fascinating how music works in its purest physical form. Vibrations and waves travel through space from a source and into our ear canal where our brain works out the rhyme and reason to tap your finger on the steering wheel or stare longingly out a rain-clad window.
There’s a thesis in there somewhere, but I’ll suffice to note that music evokes an array of feelings.
I like to organize my findings around those feelings, specifically catered to certain moods and activities. There’s a mix for deadlines, running, reading, writing, cleaning, etc, each aptly named accordingly. Most of you visiting this site probably always have a project in the works. There’s a playlist for that.
My favorite part of this hobby is sharing it. Even better than finding new music is doing so and enjoying it with someone else. That’s what happened to KISS fans. Alas, I shall share below.
A few quick notes on how to best listen with me:
Most of my music is organized with Spotify. You can find me here. If you don’t have or use this application, that’s cool, but it may be hard to see what I’m doing. I highly recommend Spotify (it’s basic service is free). It doesn’t have everything, but pretty dang close to it. I sprung for the premium version and can take all my music everywhere with no ads. Find out more about it here.
I keep playlists running at all times to keep up with stuff I enjoy. They’re created seasonally and will be added to within the few months of said season. Here’s my current Summer playlist:
You can keep up with what I’m digging lately on Spotify or you can follow me around on the usual range of social media and occasionally catch wind of some good tunes.
I leave you with a few recent favorites. May it add to your list.
Little Dragon – Swedish-Japanese product of many interesting sounds.
Bombay Bicycle Club – Some English lads that don’t seem to favor the camera much. They have many great things.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – Don’t think too hard about this one. These guys are likely just having fun and putting out some good sounds in the process. Here’s another one worth watching.
Good Field – This may or may not be a shameless plug for a friend’s band. Fortunately, it’s actually good. I don’t know what the video means.
What have you been listening to lately? How do you organize your music?