“Favorite Music” lists appear everywhere. They are found on facebook pages and blogspot profiles. They are created with friends in every day conversations and alone, while procrastinating the work-day. There is one thing I have learned recently. If you seek out new music on a regular basis like I do, your favorite music lists becomes dynamic and forever changing. If I edited my FB page every time I found a new band, “Allie added (so and so) to her favorite music” would appear on the news feed every day. So instead I have developed some criteria for adding a new band to favorite music list. And it goes something like this…
I must listen to more than one album by the band.
- For example, I recently downloaded The Rosebuds “Like Life.” I listened to it several times and enjoyed it thoroughly each time. However, enjoying this one album would not give it a place in my “Favorite Music.” Instead, a second step had to be taken. I swiftly downloaded every other Rosebuds’ album I could find. This included everything from 2003’s “The Rosebuds’ Make Out” to 2007’s “Night of the Fluries” and everything in between.
I must have the ability to list or cite favorite songs by the artist.
- Although there are exceptions, this song should not be “the single.” In the case of The Rosebuds, I would say that I like the song “Nice Fox” but my favorite song on the album is “In the Backyard.” Also, I love “Back to Boston” from “Make Out.” They have a lot of good songs.
I must learn where the band is from and a few fun facts.
- This of course means doing some research. I spend some time on their website and click around their wikipedia page. For example, from looking at their wikipedia page I learned that The Rosebuds are a band from North Carolina who have been around since 2001.
I must read one or more reviews, interviews or profiles about the band.
- This is how you learn the more intimate details about the band. These details can easily be inserted if a conversation about said band happens to arise. Also, it is important to take note of band photos so I can have a visual while I am listening to the band’s tunes.
Lastly, I must edit the existing list of favorite musical artists to make room for the new band.
- There is nothing more annoying than someone who lists 465465784 bands on their “favorite music.” There is no way that they can like all of those bands equally. So before I add the new band (ie. The Rosebuds), I delete some of the bands I have ignored recently (ie. Fleet Foxes).
BONUS: Some Rosebuds mp3s to enjoy...
Back to Boston, From "Make Out"
Warm Where You Lay, From "Bird Make Good Neighbors"
In the Backyard, From "Like Life"