Destroying An Entire Library of Music
This has popped in and out my head for the past five years. I always got scared of doing it, because I have so much that I will never, ever find again. I do not have much “popular” stuff, and some of these songs took me weeks to find. Some I’ve lost forever because a site went down or an artists disappeared.
But here is an extremely big experiment thats been playing in my head for so long:
I’ve grown up with depressive, angry, awe-striking music. Chevelle, deftones, 30 seconds to mars, etc. That genre of music (of the popular ones). Then I transitioned into all electronic. About 75% of my library has no vocals.
But listening to my music sets me in a very specific mind set. It will always put me there, and I sometimes want to go there, sometimes I want to get out. Over all, I don’t think its a healthy, ultra productive place to be, and the music is here solely to bring me there.
So, I thought what would happen if I changed all of my music, forever. Never going back to the old stuff. I would lose something like 50 bucks of actually paid for, the rest being generally free or pirated.
But then I would start all over. Scouring for free downloads of off-the-grid music, paying for the best of the best, but adopting a completely new, euphoric, happy, genre.
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Death of a thing that has nestled too much into our psyche is never a bad thing. After a point it becomes a vice. I say junk it!! Anything that doesn’t give you the feel-goods all the time needs to GO! Everything else is holding you back from all the other amazing music choices out there. People grow whether they like it or not, and will hold onto things familiar when they sense it and are afraid to let go. But you’re here on the fence, so go grow!
@ijesuschrist, I have felt like this in the past, I guess I was stuck in something of a musical rut. I grew up listening to mostly metal and rock, and it definitely takes you to a different head space. A few years ago the last cd player in the house broke, and I was way to lazy to copy 200 odd CDs, so started looking elsewhere. I discovered some chilled out acoustic stuff, looked more into the label, Ninja Tune, and found a little bit of everything. Really opened my eyes musically.
I still occasionally listen to some old tunes, but more for reminiscing, so I would suggest you keep a few select tracks or albums. It makes me feel pumped rather than aggressive or inward like it sometimes did in the past. It’s kind of cool how music can remind you how much you’ve changed.
I was the same as you, grew up on metal, it ended up getting into deathcore during high school until about my junior year. I ended up switching to electronic and jam bands, so I cleared out a lot of my metal. I’m still keeping around my very favorites just in case I ever feel the need to listen to them again.
@ijesuschrist, Why not just save all of your current under a folder on your desktop and then delete it from itunes or whatever you use? Then you can start anew and if you ever do feel like listening to the old stuff, you can pull it out of storage.
@staylucky, I wholeheartedly agree he should stop listening to 30 seconds to mars… But by that reasoning, it’s only fair that you ditch Underoath as well. ;)
@edwardbernays, Why should you assume he’d go back to the same music? I see little to no likelihood of that happening.
@ijesuschrist, If you’re looking for uplifting music, nothing is quite as happy as the Bee Gees.
@tangledupinplaid21, That wasn’t what I was getting at at all. I stopped listening to Tool for the reason that the majority of their fans couldn’t stop fapping over their “genius” while blindly dismissing everything else within the genre. They are a talented band. Maynard is a smart man and Danny Carey is a phenomenal drummer, but there is certain level of delusion I have discovered with most Tool fans that once you’ve found them, all the other heavy stuff you used to listen to was unintelligent, generic shit.
Most bands that develop a strong cult following have something intelligent to say, perhaps taking the time to understand those bands before rubbishing them as well would make them more appealing. Tool and Deftones aren’t the be-all and end-all just like Korn and Marilyn Manson probably weren’t for you in highschool ;)
@tangledupinplaid21, I was moreso pondering/questioning than assuming. But my reasoning would be if he liked listening to this music than he will eventually go back to listening to it. Having said that, rereading the OP I’m not so sure he likes that type of music anymore, in which case he wouldn’t go back. Theres some things that I once worked hard (spent a long time) finding which I’ve given up and probably won’t be able to find again (music, movies, video games, trading cards), but I figure a) i had no use/value for them anymore and b) I truly didn’t want/need them anymore.