The whole world of music is at your fingertips. What do you listen to? If you’re anything like me, there is constantly a song in your head. Nearly everything someone says reminds me of a song lyric from the infinite music library that sits in my brain waiting for the perfect opportunity to come out in song. If I’m working on our web site or designing news pages, I’m listening to something on YouTube and (probably to the annoyance of my coworkers) singing. Obviously if I’m writing a story it’s a little harder, with the exception of today. As I write, Billy Corgan from The Smashing Pumpkins is belting out “Tonight Tonight,” “1979” and “Bullet with Butterfly Wings.”
Usually, when I want to listen to something, I go to YouTube or iHeart Radio and choose something that’s been on my mind lately. More often than not, I end up listening to the same music over and over. It’s like Top 40, overplayed radio except I’m choosing to listen to it. It gets on my own nerves that I can’t think of something “new” exactly when I want to.
Ask whoever is next to you right now, “What do you want to listen to?” Their response will probably be “I don’t know” or it will be a song that is newish that everyone is listening to. There is nothing wrong with listening to new music. It’s perfectly fine.
But what about older music? I’m not even talking about 60’s and 70’s rock, which I should admit that I love. I mean older Kenny Chesney songs, John Michael Montgomery, Savage Garden, Bush, Aerosmith (fine, that’s one of the 70’s bands), Usher, Matchbox 20. I could go on and on, but you get the idea. If I choose one of those artists on YouTube and allow autoplay, it’s not long before I’m right back at Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You.” Yes, I love that song, but come on YT, keep me in the genre that I originally picked.
With the world of music available online, I can’t believe that we’re not listening to the poetry of Bob Dylan or The Who more often. Do kids today even know who Elvis is? It is hard to think of classics to listen to on the spot, so I understand. Besides, the world today is all about the “new.”
Come on everyone, if you have a favorite playlist, share what you’re listening to because I need some inspiration. And as I end this column, the Internet has taken me from The Smashing Pumpkins to Kane Brown’s “What Ifs.”