These won't have a lot of flashy pictures or anything, unless I've taken a photo at a show they will be mostly text based, but if you're interested in hearing my baseless opinions on shows, albums, and other such stuff...stick around!
For this first post I'd like to tell you about a project you may have noticed at the bottom of my Things I Did Thursday blogs: All My Albums In Order. I started this last year and its something that has really brought me a surprising amount of joy. I set my iPod Classic to "Albums" and have just been listening to everything in alphabetical order by album title. This is better for me than going by artist because you get some variety. I probably have enough Eels material to go for like 2 days, but even with my favorite artists that might get a little tedious! I started this for a few reasons: 1) I always find that it takes me forever to decide on something to listen to...now I have no decisions, just on to the next one! 2) I wanted to revisit older albums, but also had a lot of newer ones I hadn't spent much time with. 3) I like the idea of enjoying an album the way an artist put it together. In this day and age of downloading singles, you don't always get to do that!
Here are my personal rules on this project:
1. No skipping albums!
2. If you're 3 songs in and you just really don't like it you can move on (and maybe think about getting rid of that one)
3. You don't have to listen to live albums or compilations, but you can if you want.
4. Turn off shuffle! The point is to listen to it as it was crafted by the artist!
5. If its a particularly good album you can listen to it twice, and song repeats are always ok!
I have found so many albums I forgot about, and things I'd maybe never listened to all the way through! Its taking me a long time to get through them all as I don't do it everyday (podcasts are better for me at work). I've collected a ton of music over the years. I do purchase most of it, always have (only partially bragging about my ethics here) but my years of working in live music definitely afforded me a lot of free albums that I may not have bought otherwise...some with good reason, some are welcome surprises! While getting through all of it seemed a daunting task that I didn't think I'd actually finish (the Ds were particularly dreary for some reason) I now don't know what I'll do when its over!