Originally Posted by dvessel
RE: "desert island"
Right.. In other words, complete nonsense.
Yeah but it sparked some interesting opinions didn't it? Personally, as others have said, I do both. I listen to favorite albums over and over, hearing new things or hearing them from different angles depending on mood, etc. It's pretty cool finding an album/track/band that you like so much, you could listen to it 24/7 without tiring or getting bored.
That being said, after thinking this over myself and reviewing the comments/responses above, I think my choice would be for new/fresh music. I just listened to System Of A Down after not hearing them for years ,and it was amazing! I forgot how much I liked that band and how fun their sound is
Besides, local radio stations play music I would have never heard before (rap from Brazil, jazz from Russia; all sorts of craziness) and most of it is quite awesome. I would be completely content to listen to new bands a couple times, then once I am somewhat "familiar" with the music, to find another band/song/album to listen to. There's probably 10's of thousands of groups out there to be listened to. Some of them suck but there are lots of good ones as well
I think of listening to a brand new band, or a song that you have once listened to but forgot how it goes, is like being a small child opening a wrapped present on Christmas (or birthday for those who don't celebrate Christmas). Or, more to the point, an eagerly-awaited toy such as a new amp or wristwatch
It's that thrill that is what makes new music valuable, and emotionally/mentally/spiritually (okay that one's maybe a stretch) stimulating.
That being said, I have Dream Theater and a few other favorite bands on continual loop most of the time
**EDIT: Wow look at all the green smilies above. Apparently i'm in a good mood this morning....