In my last blog I talked briefly about some of the music I listen to as I write and it struck me how my musical tastes have changed over the years.
Long gone are the days in which I listened to the charts or the radio to find new acts to listen to, now it seems that YouTube offers me a greater opportunity to discover music as whenever I log in I seem to have a video by someone I’ve not heard of, on my recommended list.
And YT is excellent at paying attention to what I listen to and suggesting artists of a similar ilk. Thus Mono Inc led me to Lords of the Lost and Arch Enemy led me to Parkway Drive.
That’s not to say that everything I hear is good. I probably turn off more than 50% if there isn’t a melody to catch me and draw me in or I feel that the artist is no better than anything else in their genre. I have a limited capacity for musical types and therefore discard a lot of what I hear as just not being interesting enough.
Some of what I enjoy, bizarrely to some, is stuff I’d not envisaged enjoying five years ago. Screaming vocals where you can’t distinguish the words were never my bag, but now I’ve come to appreciate what they can do when surrounded by the right backing.
I still rely on bands I’ve liked for many years to come up with the goods but now they, like me, are ageing and in some cases are no longer active and I realise that they, like me, must fade away. Yet I always want them to be young again and to produce new music for me to love. It breaks my heart to know I’ll never hear a new Rush album.
And so I find myself a new set of artists to listen to. Kiss, Rush, Dio etc are gone but now Volbeat, Mono Inc, Lords of the Lost etc, will take their place. There will always be room for the oldies, the classics, but time waits for no man. And the music will play on long after I’m here to listen to it.