junknstuff asked: Do you ever find yourself plagued with cynicism when it comes to discovering new music? I feel that I'm somewhat jaded and often don't give new music I'm listening to a real chance just because of the immense volume of media that is constantly bombarding me.
Don’t get bombarded! Unplug some! There is no obligation to keep current or to have heard everything everybody’s talking about. None. I probably listen to more music than a lot of people but I don’t just let it play constantly and no matter how loud the chatter is about whatever gigantic release is getting all the ink*, I probably didn’t hear it, because music is the best thing there is, so letting some need to be “informed” deprive me of even minute’s pleasure in music would be an uncool thing to do to myself.
But this bombardment you’re talking about, that’s a choice you make. If you’re interested by a piece of music, you can miss the next twenty new pieces of music that’re fishing for your attention and just focus on that one. It’s really all right. You can just ignore all the big-ticket releases and focus on Jandek’s 9-disc solo piano set for half a year and that’s a totally valid decision. You can take a year to just listen to opera: that was me most of last year, opera and old Silkworm albums. Did I miss something? Maybe; who cares? What I had was not just fine but completely amazing, and I can catch up with anything I missed later, if I want to, and if I don’t, that’s cool too. Being on top of stuff, having an opinion about something when it’s new, this is just not a priority for me at all. Music is eternal, I don’t need to experience it as part of a news cycle.
On the other hand maybe you love keeping current and that is a priority for you! But in that case I can’t help because I don’t really understand that priority! Good luck!
*I know it’s not actually ink in the ecosphere we’re talking about but work with me here