My Music listening habits

Something that my brain is always been fascinated at, is peoples stories, I love them, sometimes I can’t get enough of them. Its the reason the only books i read anymore are biographies or even better, auto-biographies. I love to read about people growing up in far different circumstances than I, hearing about their little quarks, and odd tenancies. The thought that there are over 6 billion other people in the world and that everyone of them has their own story to share is something I love to try and wrap my head around. So if anyone still reads this blog and has any reading suggestions for me please let me know in the comments. The last couple books I have read are Bill Clinton’s, Anthony Kiedis and Steve Martin’s of which i would recommend any of them. Mind you the Bill Clinton book is a pretty long read.

So in keeping with the theme of this post I wanted to share with you how I go about listening to a new album. For this particular example I am going to be talking about Coldplay’s newest album, Viva La Vida. First and foremost I want to go ahead and let you all know I throughly enjoy this album, I am a sucker for Parachutes (their first album) so this comes a close second. In fact musically, this is far and away Coldplay’s best album, but I have other reason’s as to my liking for their first.

So it goes something like this, when i get the album I listen to it on average 2 or 3 times the first day I get it. In that time I will judge weather I want to even think about spending more time with it or if it gets shown the door right away. If it can pass my first day, I will listen to it a couple more times all the way through for a couple weeks. No real rhyme or reason to when I listen to it, but I make sure it stays in my mind for a couple weeks. Something new I have been doing ever since I started to drive is I will take the album with me for a couple days to be able to listen to it while driving around. I find it gives me a really good chance to have it on while not paying 100% attention to it. Then I’m done, if a song pops up while I have my media player on random I will listen to it and enjoy it but other than that I won’t go out of my way to listen to it, and then after a good couple solid months of not listening to the whole album all the way through I will pull it out again. I would say 90% of the time this will be my favorite listen through of the album (it reigns true with Coldplay)

I couldn’t tell you why i do this, its just something I found myself doing a couple years ago and didn’t make any effort to stop myself from doing it. I can guarantee it pisses Ashley off when I start a new album, she hears the same songs over and over again and gets pretty angry, its cute really. I’m not suggesting anyone else goes out and does this. I wager many of you have your own specific ways of tackling a new album, or even a movie for that reason. Anyone out there got any good album listening techniques you want to share?


2 comments so far

  1. theduckthief on

    I’m not big on biographies so the only one I could recommend would be Walt Disney’s biography by Neal Gabler. It’s interesting to see how he got his start and the inner workings of how Disneyland came to be.

    My only suggestions about putting albums on repeat would be to put them on an mp3 player and wear headphones.

  2. Alex on

    Hey james.

    You should read Dreamseller by Brandon Novak.

    It’s about him going from an increadible skater to a major Heroin addict.
    I’ve been reading it in class from my buddy Danny and I just cant put it down.


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