I used to really love music. I still do love it, but I don't seem to have the same unbridled passion for it like I once did. Throughout high school and into my early college years, I was voracious for music. I remember how great it felt to discover a new (to me) artist or a great song. I was really into sites like Audio Galaxy and artist-shared sites like archive.org. One of my favorite things about working at American Eagle through high school was when we would have "floor sets". This is where we would go into the store at 9:00pm on a Saturday night and work through the night until noon Sunday morning. In these fifteen hour sets, we would completely transform the store's displays, shelving structures, mannquins, etc. I would always make a few mix cds for us to listen to through the night. I would work so hard on these cd's - trying to find the perfect mix of songs to keep us energized through the night, and sane through the wee hours of the morning. I do believe there is an art to making a perfect mix cd. There is a delicate balance between mixing old songs and new songs, fast tempos and slow tempos, and old artists and new artists.
Since I've been working 9:00-5:00, it seems to have sucked the life out of me (see my friend's blog for her view on the working world). Chad and I often discuss how my hobbies and passions have kind of dwindled down to nothing these past few years. Running has helped with this two fold - running has become a hobby and passion of it's own, but it has also re-kindled my interest in music. I am always looking for new tunes to put on my running mix - the right mix of songs can make all the difference.
All this to say, I am really getting excited about music again.
Here are some albums I am enjoying right now.
Nine Crimes - Damien Rice
Sunken Treasure - Jeff Tweedy (free download with purchase of dvd)
Begin to Hope - Regina Spektor
Future Sex/Love Sounds - Justin Timberlake (a perennial fave of mine)
Me & My Gang - Rascal Flatts (I admit...a very guilty pleasure)