Last year, I wrote my very first piece for RibbitTV, and documented my Musical Resolutions for 2014.
Ah, you thought I forgot, didn’t you? Well I didn’t, so HA!
I felt that I should write a post that revisited last year’s musical resolutions and let you know how I fared…maybe even challenge you to share your own results.
Just as a quick reminder, here they are again:
I will venture out of my comfort zone genre-wise. It’s easy to get addicted to a certain genre. I like to think that I’m musically diverse, but I do see myself settling into patterns. Maybe it’s high time I give some other genres a try.
I will listen to more of the classic albums. I like Sinatra and AC/DC, but I’ve never actually sat and listened to a full album of theirs. This year, I resolve to educate myself on the classics.
I will try not to judge an artist based on the album cover or band name. As someone who reviews albums consistently, I occasionally make quick judgements, but then find myself totally surprised when I hit ‘play.’ So, I’m going to try not to be so quick to form an opinion.
I will give a band I hate another chance. Out of the few artists I solemnly swear to detest forever, I will pick one and give them another chance. Maybe I just heard a poorly-executed song or album. I will give them the benefit of the doubt.
I will own up to the few guilty pleasures I have. The next time someone has a little fit about an artist that I “secretly” like, I will not put my head down and nod quietly. If you like an artist, why not say so?
In the same vein, I will own up when I don’t like an artist. No more nodding along to be polite…unless it’s a person’s absolute favorite, because why crush their soul?
I will avoid jumping on any hate-bandwagons. Okay, so the Justin Bieber one is too accurate to abandon, but for others, there has to be a boundary.
I will declutter my iTunes. That artist I haven’t listened to in four years and no longer find entertaining? Goodbye to you (and that irritating message of the start-up disk not having anymore space), and hello to the artist I previously had no space for!
I will listen to more music from other cultures. As a Brit living in America, I like to think I get the best of both worlds, musically speaking, of course. But what about French music? Or Italian? Or Colombian? It’s time to delve into the global entertainment industry.
I will see at least one show where I know none of the bands. Maybe I’ll love it, maybe I’ll hate it, but I’ll never know unless I go watch them live.
I will make more mixed CDs. Because you never know when you’re going to need a good mix.
I will get more creative with my own lyrics. Because why not write a love song or a song about having a cup of tea from your favorite mug?
I will avoid reading the garbage comments under YouTube videos. Nine times out of ten, it’s Internet trolls arguing, so why waste the time?
I will enjoy the music for what it is, and appreciate it for what it can do.
1. I listened to a lot more jazz this year…and a lot of electro-pop, which I never thought I’d like, but am beginning to appreciate a lot more.
2. Yes! I did this! I listened to some of The Beatles’ old albums, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of The Moon, a few Sinatra’s, and the entirety of Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues.
3. I did my best not to judge based on names, album covers, etc., and found that I have come across some great bands with really weird names…like Summon The Octopi, who are awesome.
4. I solemnly swore that I would always hate Pink Floyd, but I actually don’t mind them now. Do I think I’d like them more if I were high off my ass and therefore fascinated by the trippiest album ever? Most likely. But at least I can listen to them without wanting to shove my head in a blender.
5. So…this was hard, but I did it. I openly expressed my love for S-Club 7, old Aly & AJ tunes, and yes, my love for Jesse McCartney is still very much alive. No shame!
6. This was a hard one because it all stems down to social appropriateness, but I really tried…and it’s the thought that counts, right?
7. Why all the hate for 1D, 5SoS, Ke$ha, and more? I don’t know. But in 2014, I made an effort to not hate artists just for the sake of it. I recommend it.
8. Well, first, I just bought a bigger hard drive for my computer…but I did declutter. It’s kind of cathartic. They may only be digital files, but getting rid of them is just as satisfying as throwing a bag of junk out of your closet after a messy holiday season.
9. Ah! French and Swedish music is ON THE MONEY. Just, do yourselves a favor and LISTEN.
10. Um…okay, so this didn’t happen, but I did go to a show where I knew all but one of the bands!
11. Yeah, no. I wish. I did make some decent playlists though.
12. This actually happened. I wrote some lyrics about waiting in line for a cup of coffee.
13. Does it count if you read them on fitness/beauty-related videos?
14. Done, done, done, and done.
So as you can see, I tried. I think I did quite well on some of these, but you can be the judge of that. How about you? Did you succeed in owning your Musical Resolutions?