Just chillin' listening to music...the usual
One thing that those who are close to me know is that I'm a music head and that doesn't even begin to describe the type of relationship I have with music. At one point in time, before my old computer crashed, I had over 15,000 songs on my hard drive.
I don't know exactly how it all started but the earliest I can remember is when I got my first computer in high school. All I did was download music. I used all of the money I could save up to buy something or anything related to music. Those things ranged from Walkmans, to CD players, even the very first iPod. To this day when it comes to my music, I'm willing to pay a few extra bucks to make sure that I get the best or close to the best music accessories to enhance my listening experience. Even when I got my car, the first thing I did was upgrade my sound system.
I even listen to music while I'm working.
I'm so engrained in music that some of the relationships I have with my good friends got started or got strengthened because of the same or similar music interests. Some even got strengthened because either one of us introduced the other person to new music. My personal favorite is when we both see something in one artist that we believe the general public doesn't seem to see. Two examples of such relationships are as follows:
Of course I can’t forget the part of music that makes you think and makes you wonder. I love songs like that because it gives me a different point of view on certain issues (the first song that comes to mind when it comes to music that makes you think is the song “Why” by my favorite artist Jadakiss). I also have a soft spot for songs that seem to have the perfect words to describe what it is you’re trying to say or have been trying to express for a while. A perfect example of that can be seen all over twitter today. A lot of people tweet lyrics and of course some of it has nothing to do with nothing, but there are some that just seem to hit home. Some express love, despair, tragedies, and success or in the words of Charlie Sheen “winning.” These artists just seem to know how to put the right words together to describe exactly what it is they’re talking about. It’s like they make it so that you can identify with them. As of right now I think Drake takes the cake when it comes to that.
I couldn’t talk about music without addressing how it affects me playing basketball. I think this is when I feel the effects of music the most. On days where I feel down or just out of it, I listen to hype music (that’s what I call it) to get me going. Hype music for me is usually fast paced, heavy bass, and overall lives up to the name and hypes me up; it gets me going. Some other days I’m already really hyped up and I feel like I need to dial it back a little bit so I can better concentrate on the task at hand. In those times I listen to slower paced and soothing songs, but one constant theme in all the songs I listen to before I step on the court is success. I make it a point to try and stay away from songs that talk about things other than succeeding. I don’t know what it is, I guess I just like the energy talking about success brings.
Finally, I’d like to talk about my music test. By the way this is strictly my opinion but I’m sure there are people out there that would be inclined to agree with me or see where I’m coming from with this. In my opinion, the true and ultimate test of a good album, mixtape, playlist, any compilation of songs, or sometimes even a single song is how it sounds in the car while you’re driving. If I can’t listen to it while I’m just riding around and gettin’ it (cue 2 Chainz!!!!) then I think it’s not that good or just flat out bad. An album that has passed that test and has that stamp of approval right now is Nas’ recent album Life is Good. I have it on in my car right now. I don’t skip songs at all I just let it play. Whenever I leave and come back I just pick up where I left off and when the album ends it starts right back over.
In conclusion, I think that pretty much covers all the bases as far as me and my relationship with music. However, I have a few questions that I’d like to get some feedback on.
Is your relationship with music anything like mine?
What do you think of my music test? It’s not crazy or weird is it?
What is your music test?
What is your process of deciding if a song, playlist, mixtape, album, or music compilation is good or bad?
When is your favorite time to listen to music? (I don’t have a favorite because I listen to music all the time)
I have a lot more but that’s it for now.