words by Shabnam Ferdowsi
What's your favorite band? What kind of music do you listen to?
As someone who runs a music blog, who's constantly going to shows, who's deeply passionate about all things music, I get asked those questions a lot. Until now, I've been very broad in my answers: "Some folk rock, some synth pop, a lot of bands I guess", "a lot of stuff" or, the worst, "indie music."
Recently a friend pointed this out to me. Why don't I have an answer? Sure, music is still a relatively new passion, and sure I didn't grow up with it affecting me the way it does now. But that's the thing: it does now. I listen to so much music, I care so much about it, that I should have favorites, right?
Do you get attached to any of these bands? my friend asked. Somehow, that question hit the nail on the head. I've been so focused on constantly finding new music I forgot to get attached.
So now I'm on a quest to find my favorites. How do I know they're my favorites? That requires a whole different blog post and research project. I'll leave that for later. For now, I'm going to begin by compiling music that has deeply made its mark on me, whether it's old goodies like The Lumineers, or new loves like The Drums. What kind of mark? Again, one question at a time!
So far the process has made me realize how much music I'm intaking, a lot that goes in one ear and out the other, a lot that has its own time and place but isn't necessarily a listening tune but just a fun beat, a lot that ends up being devoid of much connection, and therefore attachment.
This will be an ongoing project, in the hopes that I'll understand music, my taste and myself a little better. And so I can tell people what my favorite bands are, like a normal music blogger, you know?
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