Happy 2006, Happy 1st Birthday, Happier 2007


Dez 31 2006, 20h57

Chronological age: twenty three years old
Music age: one year and four days old (Registered: 27 Dec 2005 at Last.FM)

Yes, and it is just now that I have found my music niche. I finally know what I want to hear - I haven't moved homes since, but I have acquired more homes in no one village.

Rewind. Rewind. Rewind. Rewind. Rewind. Rewind.
Stop. Play.
Back in highschool, until my sophomore year, MTV was pretty much my music guide. Loving whatever has a music video and whatever is (over)played at a moment. Squealing to Backstreet Boys and Boyzone, and dancing to SpiceGirls were the highlights.

Rewind. Rewind. Rewind. Rewind. Rewind.
Stop. Play.
Still in highschool, junior year this time, I first heard of Jewel. It was a "How timely I am introduced to her poetry in music as I am studying art appreciation in my classes". And then my soon-to-be-music goddess, Cynthia Alexander, was raved upon by a friend. Looking at it now, she served as an inkling to my eventual attachment to indie.

Rewind. Rewind. Rewind. Rewind.
Stop. Play.
College at a state university opened me to alternative, rock, and R&B. I felt more grown-up as I got oriented to alternative and rock classic of the like of Nirvana to Dave Matthews Band. Nelly, Ja Rule, and such succeeded them.

Rewind. Rewind. Rewind.
Stop. Play.
Just like any other typically unwinding college student, it was really a different feeling to dump in a bin books and paperworks while dancing to Hed Kandi, Moony, and Bonnie Bailey with a beer on one hand.

Rewind. Rewind.
Stop. Play.
Post-college, months after obtaining degree, I preferred no music. Any would suffice. Mediocre you could say...

Stop. Play.
I have to thank Jake for this, his mp3 samples of Damien Rice, Bright Eyes, Imogen Heap, Aqualung, Belle and Sebastian, My Morning Jacket, and Sondre Lerche instantly drawn then consequently attached me to this genre Indie Music. While searching for the lyrics of an indie song (which I can not remember, erk...), I stumbled upon last.fm. Like leaving the nest for my own food, my first catch were The Reindeer Section, Kings of Convenience, Architecture in Helsinki, and Iron & Wine.

From approximately no more than 4 GB of music scraps last year, I now have acquired 19.3 GB worth of music albums (which is actually not bad for a year-old repertoire).

Ergo, the niche (i.e. my music repertoire). Ergo, my homes (i.e. indie, jazz, bossa nova, classical, folk, world, progressive rock/metal, celtic)

Arcade Fire
Architecture in Helsinki
Arctic Monkeys
Badly Drawn Boy
Bel Canto
Belle & Sebastian
Ben Folds Five
Ben Harper
Bright Eyes
Broken Social Scene
Bruce Springsteen
Cat Power
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Cocteau Twins
Corrine Bailey Rae
Damien Rice
David Gray
Dead Can Dance
Dean Martin
Death Cab for Cutie
Devin Townsend
Diana Krall
Elliott Smith
Fiona Apple
Herbie Hancock
Imogen Heap
Iron & Wine
Jack Johnson
Jamie Cullum
Janis Joplin
Jeff Buckley
Joanna Newsom
Johann Strauss
John Coltrane
John Legend
John Mayer Trio
Joni Mitchell
Joshua Radin
Kate Bush
King Crimson
Kings of Convenience
KT Tunstall
Kula Shaker
Ludwig van Beethoven
Mahavishnu Orchestra
Miles Davis
Massive Attack
My Bloody Valentine
Neutral Milk Hotel
Nick Drake
Paula Cole
Pete Yorn
Rachael Yamagata
Raul Midon
Ray LaMontagne
Regina Spektor
Rilo Kiley
Ryan Adams
Sergio Mendes
Shelleyan Orphan
Sigur Ros
Snow Patrol
Sondre Lerche
Stream of Passion
Sufjan Stevens
Tegan and Sara
The Killers
The Mars Volta
The Most Serene Republic
The New Pornographers
The Perishers
The Postal Service
The Shins
The Smiths
The Veils
Thelonious Monk
This Mortal Coil
Tori Amos
Trace Bundy
Tracy Chapman
Turin Brakes
Wes Montgomery
Zero 7
Cynthia Alexander
Dicta License
Sino Sikat?
Up Dharma Down

I also have some tracks, not in album compilation, of other artists.

With my other passion on foreign language films and indie films lead me to the following:
Il Postino
Les Miserables
The Last Kiss
Garden State
The Wicker Park
Hedwig and the Angry Inch

That is my niche, currently appreciating other genres, but I am an indie kid at heart =>. And I do not think I would ever want to go back to my previous adoption house of mainstream music.

A happy 2006 indeed, music wise. Looking forward to a happier 2007.


  • baelzebub

    I am honored that I'm part of your musical soul-searching if you will. Even though the past year was filled with unfortunate events due to my misconstrued notions in life. Just like you said, music is a very powerful tool in filling the void inside your <3. Thanks again, and hopefully 2007 will be filled with more beautiful music!

    Jan 8 2007, 19h07
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