Then marriage and family came. I still bought albums (vinyl morphed into cassette – which I hated – then morphed into CDs – which I love), but of my favorites only (Billy Joel, Barry Manilow). I didn't have time for new music. Sure, there were songs on the radio I liked, but I had no idea who sang them. And I'd heard of band names, but I had no idea what they played.
Enter the Internet. When my favorite local station was replaced with oldies (ugh), it got me to search the web for an alternative. WOW! I not only found a great radio station, they told me who's playing the song, with the name of the song! It was great. Songs I had liked all along now could be identified (i.e. Killers, Coldplay).
Of course, all that identifying got me to buying. My CD collection started to grow once again (and as you can see from the picture, I haven't even put them all away – yes, they are filed alphabetically). I think I'm just as bad with my music as I am with my books. I find established bands and I want everything they've put out (i.e. Muse, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Death Cab for Cutie, Weezer, Foo Fighters, Black Keys) and discover new ones (i.e. Arcade Fire, Mumford & Sons, Carolina Liar). And all that music has been so inspiring for my writing. It's like my two favorite things in the world mesh together.
Yes, I do have an iPod (something I would have absolutely LOVED back when I was a kid), but I still buy the CDs. I'm one of those freaky people who like to have a hard copy of something they bought. I don't know if I'll ever change in that regard.
Do you keep up with new music? Or are you like my husband, who likes to stick to what he grew up with? Although, he is changing. Now that he walks everyday listening to music, I think he's getting tired of hearing the same stuff all the time and has asked what albums of mine he might like. That makes me very happy because now maybe we can listen to MY music when we travel!