It’s New Years Eve. I’m working. Oh, and I’m not getting any sort of holiday pay. Yes, I’m pretty sure the owners of my company go out of their way to ensure that their employees are as miserable as possible. Mission accomplished, good sirs.
Sorry, I just had to get that out of the way. Anyway…
Be forewarned, more than likely, this is going to be a long and rambling post, filled with meaningless information that will be of no practical use to you for as long as you may live. Be forewarned, what follows will not only reveal the secret of life, but will be of the utmost importance to you for the remainder of your life. And THAT is how you get the three visitors to your blog to continue reading.
I’m not quite sure how to start this, so I’m just going to jump right in. Every time I used to go to one of the larger bookstores, I felt so overwhelmed by the sheer number of books. I’d look around and think to myself, “So many books, so little time.” I wanted to read all of them. I’m sure there were a multitude of dreadful books that I’d put down within 50 pages, but I also knew there had to be countless others that I’d find myself completely captivated by. That feeling of missing out on some great novel really bothered me, even though I knew it was impossible to read each and every book.
I now feel this way about music. So many songs, so little time. The combination of high speed internet, digital music files, and advances in home recording has led to an explosion in the amount of music that people have access to. Among my circle of friends, I’m the one that people come to for music recommendations. They could always just come to this site, but that’s neither here nor there. If only they knew how woefully inadequate I felt when it comes to knowing music. Thank you fellow music bloggers! If that sounds like bitterness, I assure you that it’s not. Envy? Definitely. Bitter? Not at all. I am quite thankful for my fellow music bloggers. They have introduced me to some of the best music I’ve heard over the past couple of years. If anything, they make my life easier, both as a fan and as a blogger. Sometimes, I question the validity of posting something that I first heard somewhere else. I try not to dwell on those thoughts.
Throughout the year, I’m reminded on a nearly daily basis of how little music I get to consume these days. However, it’s the end of the year lists that really make me feel inadequate. Personally, I don’t care much for making year-end lists. I like what I like. No need to quantify. Conversely, I love reading other people’s year-end lists. This year, I felt as though I heard so much less than some of my favorite bloggers. Countless albums and songs that I haven’t heard. This year, I promised myself to do more digesting, less consuming. The past couple years, it had gotten to the point where it was in one ear, out the other. It is this fact alone that makes me really appreciate what some of my favorite bloggers are doing day in and day out.
Ok, so maybe this post didn’t reveal the secret of life. In fact, it didn’t reveal much at all. So, what was the point of all of this? The Barr Brothers. That’s the point…well, sort of. It could be any band, but today it’s The Barr Brothers. Yesterday, I was browsing a list of the top 50 albums of 2011, as compiled by Kyle at Music Savage, and it occurred to me that I hadn’t heard many of the albums on his list. The first song I clicked on happened to come from The Barr Brothers, #7 on his year-end list. Good choice…I really enjoyed their song “Beggar In The Morning.” Hence, it’s at the top of this post. I can’t recommend their album because I’ve yet to hear the whole thing. I heard one song. Liked it. Felt like sharing it. Done and done.
If you’d like to check out some of my favorite music blogs and their respective year-end lists, here is a short list of some that I’d highly recommend:
- Music Savage’s Top 50 Albums of 2011
- Fuel / Friends Favorites of 2011
- songsfortheday – Favorite Albums and EPs of 2011
- Aquarium Drunkard – Year In Review 2011
P.S. While I was working on this post, I’ve been listening to another track by The Barr Brothers. Not what I expected, at all. An uptempo number highlighted by some sweet ass slide guitar playing…here’s “Lord, I Just Can’t Keep From Crying.”