Are you a musicholic?

Other | Monday 11th March 2013 | Ronnie



We all know of those people who are considered shopaholics in our world and we probably already have a couple of them as friends. These include shoe-holics and hat-holics. However, there's an even greater population of us that are Musicholics! Often times it's sparked for when we say "there's no good music. Where can I find good music? (By the way, hopefully helps you with that already!) If this is you, read on!


Finding good music can always be a tough thing to do. It's especially tough when we as humans get easily bored of the same thing over and over again. 


Often times when we find a great song, we'll just grab it impulsively and proceed to play the crap out of it on replay. Then one day, the song gets old and suddenly you have a library of 200 songs you never listen to anymore. The songs just don't do "it" for you anymore. Maybe once in a while you'll listen to one but in general when your on the train skipping tracks, you'll end up getting frustrated by the accumulation of the songs you can't stand. Other times, we'll foresee the inevitable fallout of our favorite song and dread it. That minute you start to think "You know what? I'm kind of feeling ___," in the middle of "that" song, you know you're cooked. 


The worst cases of this, however, are when you buy albums. We hear a song from an artist you've never heard before and immediately we know he/she's dope, we give in to the sample and go straight to the goods. "All of their songs are awesome!," or so you think, when suddenly you'll get a newfound resolve to check out all their albums. Next, you'll come across one of them, see the price, look at the number of tracks, see the price again, and decide it might be a good investment. 


Now hold up, just in case you're that guy/girl who is super cool and rebellious and is saying "that's why I download all my songs for free." First of all, some albums/songs, especially those obsolete songs that no one has heard about or that is brand new and heavily guarded, can't be attained that way. Second, sometimes you just feel like giving back to the artist, especially if they relate to you or you heavily respect them. 


Anyway, next you'll play a couple songs. "Oh damn, this track is sick!," are your initial thoughts when suddenly as you go further down you start to think "ehh, this isn't as good, but it's still "pretty" dope." Now, you'll be near the end of the track list. You listen to another track that sounds pretty good and after about two "meh" ones, you're sold. You might even think, if your an aspiring film maker or such, "y'know what, it's ok. I can just use this not so favorable song as an instrumental when I make that video." 


Unfortunately, even if all the songs in that album are consistently good we, as humans, end up choosing favorites. Once we develop those favorites, our ears get tuned to this level of "quality" music and when the "eh" songs come, we instantly skip them. You might even have as many as three or four favorites but ultimately they will slowly dwindle until it's just that "one." Then as fate has it, that very track will slowly become dull. However, because the very representation of that level of "quality" music has now become wack, you start to open your mind again. Thankfully, we sometimes find a song in that album that we skipped over earlier and think "damn, this is actually pretty good!" 


The beauty of catching on to this is that most labels know this already! That's why often times albums will have that "Intro" song to make the list look longer. That way, the album is deemed more worthy of its price due to its apparently "bigger" song list. On top of that, the first two songs of an album are almost always the best of the batch to catch us early on. Then, just in case we're still not sold on the album yet, they add that third awesome song into the latter half, just for you! How thoughtful, right? 


Maybe this is a description of you, maybe it's your friend, maybe it doesn't ring any bells at all. Regardless, this is a confession of a musicholic.


Ronnie Sanderson