Over the past week, I've been too busy to spend much time listening to music.
The good aspect of this is that it means when I do reach for a CD (or click an mp3 folder), it's something that really inspires. About half of it is metal but it's all metal-like, with that epic spirit of vir. Of the metal, about half has been Graveland.
For the new years, I'm thinking:
(1) I'm going to listen to music more critically and only listen to stuff that's really of quality. I'm not a magpie, and I don't need new shiny objects to keep my attention. Something that's designed to sound like the best of the past, or is a variation on known themes, and doesn't have much of its own character, can suck it. Music really is its content and not its form.
(2) I'm going to listen to less music. It's raining outside now and I've just come in from a walk where I was able to hear rain on leaves, the muted calls of birds, the lonely sound of a train passing on the wind, the odd rhythms of families starting up their lives as filtered through the woods. Bad music just sounds like traffic noise.
If more people did this, I think what we got out of music would increase. One reason people download, or as some call it "steal," music is that most of it doesn't last for more than a week of being a new shiny object. I would rather listen to the best and have the rest be silence, like that at the farthest reaches of the stars.