- Jun 28, 2010
Aha! There is the root of the problem! You're expecting good new music to come to you through the radio and things you hear at work playing in the background. It doesn't work that way.
To find good new music, you need to find people who love different kinds of music and pick their brains for suggestions for "desert island picks" and good entry points into different styles. When I first started collecting records seriously back in the early 80s, I had to make visits to good alternative record stores and the Pasadena Record Swap Meet to chat with collectors and dealers who knew more than I did. It was a bit of effort, but it was worth it. Today, the internet makes all that a breeze. A simple Google search can bring up top ten lists, reviews, commentary and sample mp3 files. Gathering leads is as easy as falling off a log!
But you have to care. That's the important thing. If you aren't interested in growing and developing as an active listener, everything you don't know will seem like "boring stuff that's not worth the effort". But that just isn't true. The music isn't boring. You've chosen to make yourself boring. You can spend time in internet forums announcing your favorites musical preferences based on your limited tastes born of minimal effort, but it won't mean anything to anyone.
I post in music forums because I care enough to try to find out about great music I don't know about yet. If you aren't here for that reason, you're doing it wrong.
I'm going to bump this, because I don't always agree with your viewpoints, but that I completely agree this time. There is something in every genre for a person to enjoy if they look hard enough. And once they find that something, they can widen their frame of reference and find other things to enjoy. And soon enough, they'll find themselves in the middle of a new favorite genre.