So I don’t know how many people actually read these music posts but music is a pretty big part of my life. I spend a lot of my time listening to music, playing music, thinking about music, etc. And I kind of want to keep track of what I’m interested in so maybe this is more for me than for any reader. Anyway, Lets move on…
I’ve kinda started to realize that my musical taste is all over the map. Since about middle school, I’ve been a pretty avid rock listener, but now I’m starting to enjoy a lot more instrumental music as well as the latest hits from the ever-so-catchy hip-hop genre. Of course, I’m still sticking fast to my rock roots, but as I exhaust a lot of the general music there, I’m also experimenting with different sub-genres of rock and finding that I like a lot of them. I think the conclusion here is that I really like a lot of different kinds of music and really enjoy listening to whatever I can get my hands on.
What I listened to in December:
- Acoustic Alchemy – These guys play some really soothing instrumental stuff that I listened to a lot when I was studying for finals. It also helps that guitar is the emphasis here and I’m learning how to play some of their songs.
- As I Lay Dying – An Ocean Between Us – name is pretty morbid yeah, music is pretty heavy but I really like their guitar riffs. They’re pretty technical and fast which I really like and many of their riffs are really fun to play. I like that they added more singing on this album in relation to the previous ones.
- Atreyu – Lead Sails Paper Anchor – A catchy album, but ultimately it doesn’t really have any flow and direction, I listened to it a bit earlier in the month but I don’t see myself coming back to this album very much. “The Curse” was much better in my opinion.
- Daphne Loves Derby – Good Night, Witness Light – Not as heavy as the previous two (shows some diversity in my tastes maybe) but really catchy and fun to listen too. I’ll probably continue to listen to this album for a couple of months.
- Lovehatehero – White Lies – I recently found out about these guys and from the couple of times that I’ve listened to this album they sound really good. They’re similar to other bands that I enjoy but have very interesting guitar parts that seem to be the focus of their songs.
- Counting Crows – I always enjoy listening to these guys. Actually watched a concert of theirs on tv with my brother which was pretty interesting. Also, my brother, his friends and I played one of the songs (“goodnight elisabeth”) one day, which was fun and has inspired me to play guitar with other people more.
I’ve been playing guitar a lot, but not so much playing songs. I think I’ve gotten to the phase where I can just play around on the guitar and sound decently good, so I’ve been doing that a lot. I also have been doing more technical exercises and playing out of a jazz book that I happen to have. Unfortunately, I didn’t bring my electric guitar home for the break so I’ve just been playing a lot of acoustic. I miss my les paul though…
I mentioned this in my previous post, but I started playing my clarinet again. Unlike the last time I did this though, I’ve been diligent in practicing over break and am starting to sound decent again. Now I just need to prepare an audition and hopefully I’ll get into the wind ensemble at school.
until next time then…