Monday, September 12, 2005

Don't worry, Be Happy

I'm taking this class this semester, "Writing about Popular Music." I was really excited all summer to be taking a class in exactly what I wanted to be doing with the rest of my life. In the last month or so I've been having career crises, reconsidering my plan for the next year and ending up completely lost. I suppose that's normal. This class may have proven to me that this may not be the route I'm meant to take.

Perhaps it's just the school I'm in, but I'm almost sickened at the level of pretension that these people exude when talking about music. I hope I don't come off that way when I write in this little blog, because the truth is that there are many people who know a lot more about music than I do and I do not ever want to make the impression I remotely know what I am talking about. I like music. I like going to shows. I like finding out about new bands. And the magazine is simply to give other people an outlet to learn about them, then listen to them, and as a result make their own opinions.

I have a bit of a commute now to school and work, which I completely embrace because it gives me time to read and listen to my iPod. Today after class all I wanted to do was listen to music that makes me happy. Enough talking, just listening.

Below is a sampler of the music that makes me happy. I would never call them guilty pleasures because I don't at all feel guilty listening to them. But on the subway I can't help but tap my feet and sing along. And that, my friends, is what I love about this art form.

No comparisons, no cultural phenomenoms. No need to worry whether these artists are authentic or will stand the test of time. It's just the music. Enjoy.

  • Sam Champion - Now Look At Me
  • The Futureheads - Decent Days and Nights
  • Devin Davis - Iron Woman
  • Hard-Fi - Gotta Reason
  • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Gimme Some Salt
  • The Changes - When I Wake
  • The Subways - I Want To Hear What You Have Got To Say
  • The GoStation - Wandering Away
  • Tom Vek - I Ain't Saying My Goodbyes
  • The A-Sides - Sidewalk Chalk
  • The Cribs - Hey Scenesters
  • Nightmare Of You - My Name is Trouble
  • The New Pornographers - Sing Me Spanish Techno
  • The Colour - Tambourine
  • The Late Greats - Hours
  • Dressy Bessy - Ringalingaling
  • The Stairs - Escape Clause
  • Picture - Blind Side
  • Five O'Clock Heroes - Turn It Up
  • The Stands - Do It Like You Like
  • Levy - Rotten Love
  • Franz Ferdinand - Do You Want To
  • Stellastarr* - Lost In Time
  • Scoville Unit - Last Train to Scoville


    Susan Glasser said...

    It's totally normal to go through questioning if a career is right or wrong for you.. everyone does it.. and that's what college is here for, to explore.
    Anyways, I think your magazine and blog are very amazing.. so I think you should continue writing about music you love, if it's your only job.. or only if it's a side hobby.

    AND I LOVE the music that makes you happy. :) It made me happy as well.

    Keep blogging.

    jerry yeti said...

    i think the people who write best about music are the ones who have no idea how to write about music... so they have to find other ways to express what's going on.

    yeah, keep on a-bloggin'

    and I'd love to hear what the other kids in the class are saying. Take good notes. :)

    Elli said...

    Thank you so much for sharing all the music you love with us. I actually get such a buzz from hearing new music, so thanks again. I'm so glad you like Hard-Fi! They're one of those bands I paid £5 to see at a tiny little London venue before they made it big, so it makes me happy to see them all successful and popular :)

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