Generally, I am a fairly intelligent human being. I can string words together to create sentences that make sense. I know my times tables and when forced by my kids’ homework woes, I often can find for x in an algebraic equation (now that calculus is on the table, they go to Dad, which is a good choice). I may be rusty, but I know how to follow the scientific method when put in a lab.
So why is it that I turn dumb when I am in search of a new book to read or a new song to play or a new movie to watch? I read reviews, albeit sporadically. I listen to what my friends say they like or don’t like. I even use trial and error, reading first chapters, watching movie trailers, or listening to side one of a random album with a pretty cover.
Sometimes, I luck out and end up happy with the choice I make, but usually, I’m so overwhelmed by the choices that I avoid making a decision and end up going back to my favorites, rereading, rewatching, relistening to things I already know.
I often enjoy revisiting old stories and songs, but I feel a real joy when I find something new that sets my mind on fire or opens me up to different ideas, thoughts and feelings or simply entertains me.
Yesterday, after reading a few music reviews in a magazine, I started listening to some new songs on Spotify and YouTube. At one point, I googled a song and came across a website, www.themusicninja.com and suddenly, I felt as though finding new music didn’t have to be so hard.
This site isn’t that different from reading a music magazine or another online review site, but for some reason, it hit me just right and I explored and found some music that jazzed me. Maybe it is the way it is organized. Maybe it was that day’s selection of new music to consider. Maybe it was the brevity of the reviews. Doesn’t matter. It worked for me; I’ve got some new music to enjoy; and, I know where to go next time I’m looking to expand my collection.
The first song (YouTube video above) I listened to was by orchestral rockers Art Decade, a band I’d never heard mentioned before. Also hadn’t heard the term orchestral rock before but once I listened to the song (“No One’s Waiting”), I understood exactly what it meant. Not music I usually would have chosen from a review but there it was, I was curious, and voila, I really liked it.
After that, I started exploring the playlists and other features and found a few more songs that I will listen to again and again.
I’m wondering if anybody else uses this site to find new music or if there are other sites that you all particularly like or if you find new music (books, movies) through other avenues. So . . . please share with the rest of us. Or at least with me.
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