Archive for January, 2011

Music: Worth Repeating – The iPod Iditarod!

Like the title for the new year’s resolution I mentioned in the last post? So it’s a work in progress – but I think it works so far. The Iditarod is an annual dogsled race that takes place in Alaska every year. I find it especially appropriate because of the analogy – 16 dogs to each Musher, and a race that spans over 1100 miles in around 2 weeks. My Iditarod is 26 letters of the alphabet, over 52 weeks, and covering over 160 gigs of music – over 30,000 songs! So, if you want to just see the progress of this adventure through my iPod, that’s what to look for.

So, here’s the premise, as a refresher: 52 weeks in a year, 26 letters in the alphabet, so that’s two weeks per first letter of the bands I’m listening to during those 2 weeks. I’m assuming I’ll have an easier time with the ‘Q’s’ and ‘X’s’ than others, so I’m not going to be too strict on the timeframe, except that I want to finish by the end of the year.

So, we start off with the letter A. (I actually haven’t started yet, but I’m hoping that over the next few days I’ll get through it and be able to report back). Really what I’m looking to accomplish is 2 fold:

1. Identify my favorite artists and genres of music, so that I can expand my music library to get more of the things I assume I’ll like.

2. Achieve a greater ability to describe music – what it sounds like, who it sounds similar to, what I like and why I like it.

That’s the plan at least. We’ll see how it goes…


2010: Worth Repeating

So, here we are. 2011. That’s twenty – eleven, not two-thousand and eleven, by the way. One of my new year’s resolutions this year is brevity…

2010 (twenty-ten) was a great year. Atop the list of amazing things that happened is that we conceived a child! A baby boy that is joining our family mid-February, some 5 weeks from now. We are excited, to say the least.

Also up towards the top was the opportunity to go on tour with Neon Trees as their Front Of House Engineer (the “sound guy”) and production manager. I spent most of November and part of December touring around the country with them, and am looking forward to doing more shows and touring this year, as they are an amazing group of friends and extremely talented musicians.

Given the chance, I’d repeat 2010, or at least, have another year just like it. But I wouldn’t give up the bigger and better opportunity of looking forward to a brand new year. 2011!

So, in familiar fashion, I’ve got a few new year’s resolutions for this year, but wanted to blog about just one.

I realized while I was out on tour last month that I have a decently large music library, some 200 gb and counting. There was a lot of music I loved, even more that I listened to often, and probably ten times that that I had either listened to once or not at all. Sad really.

So, here’s the plan. I’m taking every two weeks in 2011 and giving each letter of the alphabet some ear time. At the beginning of every two weeks, I will download all of the music that was recorded by artists starting with that letter, and play through. I hope to find some music that I love, discover some music that I should have a long time ago, and weed out some that really has no place in my music library – I mean come on, I can’t blog about music without being at least a little snarky and stuck up…

So, here’s to everyone enjoying 2011. Wish me luck, because I’m gonna be a DAD soon!