This week I recorded a podcast with Shoban and it was great. Well, it was great if you like hearing about Pokemon! It can be found here or on iTunes! YAY!
I've been trying this week to enjoy more music, so much so that I've been trying to put on music I don't really listen to frequently while I've been working. I made it through the discographies of Alter Bridge, Muse, and then I've also listened to the whole of the Wicked soundtrack while at work. There's been some confused looks at work because I typically tend to listen to heavier music, though I accommodate when there are people around.
I also have listened to one of my favourite winter time albums, Agalloch's Marrow of the Spirit, which might be one of the finest black metal albums released ever. I've certainly talked about it before, but the album has so many progressive elements to it but manages to remain firmly in the black metal style, that it's just a fascinating listen. It's totally not for everyone, I suspect it's for significantly less than 1% of the population.
I know I listen to a whole bunch of albums, and I'm sure there's album I enjoy that have seen less that 10,000 copies sold, that I will claim are some of the best albums ever made. I've certainly made the point that obscurity doesn't make music better, no matter how much the point can be made, but I know that musical value can't be found for many people in the music I enjoy, and I accept that few people will have the same tastes as me, but I don't know how in particular I enjoy music, just that I like a lot of music, and I know there are styles I don't typically enjoy, but I'm open to listening to new things.
All of this to say, that I have been writing my assignment, and it's supposed to be a report, but there was no requirement for a hypothesis to test, and it all seemed pointless, so I wrote a hypothesis. But for a music paper I'll never write. 'Dream Theater haven't produced an innovative and unique new album since Systematic Chaos (2007).'
Now, that's not meant to be a dig at Dream Theater, but more, a consideration for me on how, if I were to write a piece on it, I would have to approach it. Music is also subjective fundamentally, so there isn't a correct answer, but this is more a hypothesis I'd like to state, and see whether I, myself, actually agree with it. Also, they're touring next year for the anniversary of Images and Words, and I have never seen the song Take the Time performed live, and I really want to, but I don't really want to see them live again because it get's boring and wanky after about the third song.
Anyway, have an excellent day! You're all my favourites!