The gift of music

cdgiftBack in August, I used some Amazon.com gift certificates to load up on new music. I bought the following CDs:

Adele – 19
Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
Jump – Between the Dim and the Dark
Randy Newman – Harps & Angels
She & Him – Volume One
Sugarland – Love on the Inside

Most of them I reviewed on this blog. Sugarland was the biggest find, an unexpected treasure. Randy Newman was predictably wonderful. She & Him has a unique grace and style.

Fleet Foxes didn’t live up to the hype, though I feel I need to give it another few listens before writing it off completely. Ditto Adele, who gave a strong performance on Saturday Night Live a few weeks back that again piqued my interest in her CD after I’d shelved it months ago. Jump was mostly purchased to complete my Jump, Little Children collection (the band changed its name for some reason).

Not a bad haul, all told.

I bring this up because today I similarly splurged on a batch of CDs, using some leftover birthday cash and part of my holiday work bonus. You can expect reviews on some of the following over the next few weeks, and an official 2008 music wrap-up once I’ve digested them all:

David Bowie – Hunky Dory
David Byrne and Brian Eno – Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
Jenny Lewis – Acid Tongue
Lil Wayne – The Carter III
Pink – Funhouse
Rihanna – Good Girl Gone Bad
TV On the Radio – Dear Science

Despite all the talk about not having enough time to listen to the CDs in my collection, I still get a giddy thrill at the idea of discovering new music. I don’t see why it should be all that different than discovering new movies year after year.

To paraphrase Woody Allen, the love of music is like a shark… it has to keep moving or it dies. And the last thing I want to be is a dead shark.

One thought on “The gift of music

  1. Amy says:

    I love the notion of the gift of music, especially when it’s a gift from someone who wants to share an artist he thinks you’ll love (as you have done for us countless times, and we’ve done for you over the years, including way back when with an intro. to Elvis Costello). Just today, my children received the gift of Paramore and Simple Plan, and they enjoyed discovering their new treasures. Watching them study the lyrics and take turns listening to the tracks on each other’s albums, it struck me that there are few gifts better than the gift of music.

    Out of your purchases, I most look forward to hearing what you think of Lil Wayne, especially, as he is the artist who is most intriguing me these days. (Maddie just walked by, looked at what I was writing, and said “ooo, Lil’ Wayne.” I’m so old).

    I do disagree about the dead shark analogy. After all, in Annie Hall, Alvy is referring ot a relationship that must keep moving. A single relationship with a single person. It’s not as though one person must move from partner to partner in order to keep the shark alive šŸ™‚ So… as long as a person continues to listen to even the same music with new ears, allowing it to deepen and change with repeated listenings, then the shark lives.

    I think my very favorite experience is discovering something new from one of my old favorites. Today, we heard Adam Duritz do an acoustic version of Mr. Jones that felt like a revelation. That makes me giddy. But, yes, I do like the prospect that another Counting Crows could be right around the proverbial corner. And I continue to thank Clay for doing the leg (ear?) work to try to discover that next great find.

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