I used to listen to a lot of music. Before there was iTunes or Last.fm or even CDs I used to listen to cassette tapes, the radio, even actual records. My life has been unsettled to say the least for the last ten years. I still own hundreds of CDs but more and more I use my laptop and my iPhone to listen to music. My physical music collection and my stereo equipment is gathering dust in a storage locker in East Vancouver as I try to undo the damage done during my Sauder MBA.
Although I’ve lost play counts and custom playlists due to failing hard drives and Apple’s dis-impprovements to iTune’s UI, I did notice a milestone approaching. I’ve also been using Last.fm for over ten years something that I leveraged when making all my mashups. Mostly I try to listen to music I haven’t heard so much, I still buy music, though rarely on CD or record now, you just can’t lug them around the world easily, even my attempts to rip more of my old CDs failed due to some Apple policy. I also listen frequently to two specific playlists one is a smart playlist I’ve dubbed “Gym 2.0” as my original smart gym playlist isn’t iTunes Match compatible. The other I made to listen to while playing Warhammer 40,000 something I never due anymore because my models are all in storage too. Certain songs definitely get played more than others.
I’ve also been spending most of my time since writing the Level 2 CFA® exam looking for a new job. Once again I feel deceived and used. I am definitely not happy in my current position but my resume obviously needs a major revision because I have not gotten a single job interview yet. While waiting for my exam score which may well be more bad news, something I’ve had far too much of in my life, I’ve also been editing old webpages and of course listening to music.
My top 5 most played artists have been the same for years, likely since I started listening to Lucinda Williams heavily, I’m not sure I listen to enough music by new artists or even if there are that many artists capable of writing enough songs that you would want to listen to them one thousand times. This isn’t one thousand hyperbolic exaggerated bullshit plays while in a car or a club, this is 1000 plays verified by a third party service. I actually try not to listen to some songs because I save them for an emergency. However up until it closed this week I was regularly going to the gym so songs on two playlists tend to dominate the most played song list, but most played artist, that requires releasing a lot of good music that stands up to repeat listening.
If you haven’t gathered by the screenshot to the right, I recommend you listen to some Neil Young, Johnny Cash, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams and Townes Van Zandt records. More over I’ll recommend one album by each:
- Neil Young & Crazy Horse “Everybody Knows This is Nowhere”
- Johnny Cash “American Recordings”
- Steve Earle “Train a Comin'”
- Lucinda Williams “Car Wheels on a Gravel Road”
- Townes Van Zandt “Our Mother the Mountain”
I also like live music so I also recommend:
- Neil Young “Unplugged”
- Johnny Cash “At Folsom Prison”
- Steve Earle & the Dukes “Shut Up And Die Like An Aviator”
- Lucinda Williams “Live @ The Filmore”
- Townes Van Zandt “Live at the Old Quarter, Houston, Texas”
If you have strong opinions about what music I should listen to, you can leave a comment below you also can easily find me on Last.fm.
I’m not sure the exact date, but at some point I passed 1000 plays for the legendary Supersuckers, they even passed Townes Van Zandt to pull into my top five most played artists on Last.fm, this is likely a result of their songs being played more on my Gym 2.0 playlist. They were always in my top 100 album list and long held sixth spot in Last.fm.