Going places you never expected

I get in my car and turn on my playlist. Most days I turn to my tried-and-true, maybe some U2 or Billy Joel, something from the 80s and 90s. Other days I’ll turn to Kenny Chesney or some country. When I need a smile or just want a break from day-to-day responsibilities, I’ll go back to my rural, country roots.

But sometimes you just gotta try something new. I’m not sure how it is for others, but I find I get into a rut and a routine and I need to change things up. 

I’ll turn to folk, alternative rock, maybe even some blues, or classical. I wouldn’t call myself a huge fan of any of those genres, but I’ve come to find that change is the spice of life. I found by switching things up I’m an absolute fan of folks I would have never guessed, everyone from traditional favorites like Miles Davis to Yo Yo Ma to newer artists like heavy metal band, The Halo Effect (very good for waking you up when you’ve been driving for long hours), to newer musicians like bagpiper Ally Crowley-Duncan and electric violinist Mia Asano, and many others.

We think we know music and then it has a way of surprising us. With that in mind, here’s a few thoughts to end my week of music appreciation.

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This is the last post in series on the ways music touches our lives. Let me know what you think of the week-long series.

16 thoughts on “Going places you never expected

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  1. I admire your willingness – well, courage, actually – to give new musical artists and genres of music a chance. My car trips, for the most part, are less than 2 miles away, so I don’t have time to explore in that way. Besides, I’m an old lady and stuck in my ways – and what I like, I like!

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    1. Yea, I come back to the tried-and-true too. I love late 80s and “some” country music. I just try to break it up sometimes so that I stay a lil current. It’s the best thing in the world when you start listening and a well-loved song comes on. You know the words, the beat. It’s a great feeling 😎😎😎😎

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    1. I liked the Grohl quote too. I think it compares nicely to the blogging world. One reader takes one thing from a blog piece, another reader takes something else. Yes, I had fun with the series. I was just experimenting, I wanted to see if a week of similar themed blogs would work or get old. It came about pretty quickly. Might give myself a little more prep time to clean up the writing, but it was fun to put together!! Thank you so much for the encouragement! 😎😎😎😎

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      1. It was terrific…and more prep? What are you talking about? ‘Twas fun and fab. What’s next? 😉 And yes…I hadn’t thought about Grohl’s quote in relationship to blogging ripples…we see that so much, how we spark off one another. It’s the best!

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      2. Oh, nothing crazy Vicki, some of the writing could have been tighter. Just little things I’ve noticed. Nothing big. The perfectionist in me. And yea, I don’t know, I’m looking for another series topic. Something fun, surprising. Hmm, the choices. Thanks for the comments, feedback, they definitely help!!!!!

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  2. It’s great you’re open to trying different music, Brian. It’s amazing how different styles – and also cultures – interpret music. Classical and country are two genres I got a bit more into the last few years and Bollywood dance songs are always a great pick me up too.

    I enjoyed your music series!

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  3. Great series Brian! Totally with you on the tried and true- whatever that is for each person, but I try to be open. My kids give me great clues to artists I would never know. One of the best I learned of so far is Shakey Graves. I remember hearing him on a daughters playlist for the first time. Amazing musician!

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  4. I’ve really enjoyed this musical journey Brian. I’ll listen to almost anything – or at least give it a go. But I agree, always find myself returning to mainly the 80s for me

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