A bit discontented

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When I was younger I couldn’t wait to get a few hours alone to listen to my music. These days I find myself just a bit discontented as there is so much available to listen to. Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining about the choice it is more about my state of mind.
I regularly buy CDs and records which are mainly new music that I have discovered when listening to the radio or going on a streaming mystery tour. There is just so much to buy/collect and not enough time to listen to it all. This often leads to procrastination and listening to snippets of songs/albums, a bit like channel flicking on the TV.
Anyway, the choice available today is fabulous. I just need to get my head in order and maybe change my approach. Anyone gone through the same process?
 

Gray

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I'm always contented with the music I play.
At the risk of sounding like the typical old git, they really "dont make 'em" like my stuff anymore.
I used to do mobile discos so we we were forced to buy the odd duff records (such as novelty songs). But I would really hate to have to buy today's popular music.
My advice would always be stick to quality over quantity. Although, having said that, I have a massive quantity of quality - real singers and musicians, mostly playing real instruments. That's what keeps me contented.
 
I'm always contented with the music I play.
At the risk of sounding like the typical old git, they really "dont make 'em" like my stuff anymore.
I used to do mobile discos so we we were forced to buy the odd duff records (such as novelty songs). But I would really hate to have to buy today's popular music.
My advice would always be stick to quality over quantity. Although, having said that, I have a massive quantity of quality - real singers and musicians, mostly playing real instruments. That's what keeps me contented.
Quite agree.
Yours,
A.N . Other-Oldgit
 

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When I were a nipper, my parents would refer to the music I played as "G*d awful" and "dirge" and "turn that thing down". Now I am the parent, I don't have that problem. The offspring are always wearing earphones.

That said, I am now listening to a lot of music from my parents era, as well as those G*d awful dirges.

When I struggle to know what to listen to, I put on a playlist in random order and that often takes me off in some direction or other.
 
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I was lucky, depending on your tastes. My parents liked Zeppelin, Hendrix, Stones, ELO, etc and saw pretty much all from that era apart from the Beatles. I used to record the top 40 on Sunday evening on my Gran’s old reel to reel. Really enjoyed having to figure out what to keep and save each week as I only had one reel of tape,

Couldn’t name a top 40 song in the past 10 years. Utter garbage mostly. However I do really value the Spotify discover weekly feature. My tastes have transformed over lockdown and I listen to music far more than I used to.
 
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I was lucky, depending on your tastes. My parents liked Zeppelin, Hendrix, Stones, ELO, etc and saw pretty much all from that era apart from the Beatles. I used to record the top 40 on Sunday evening on my Gran’s old reel to reel. Really enjoyed having to figure out what to keep and save each week as I only had one reel of tape,

Couldn’t name a top 40 song in the past 10 years. Utter garbage mostly. However I do really value the Spotify discover weekly feature. My tastes have transformed over lockdown and I listen to music far more than I used to.
"Hi pop pickers!"
I used to do the same on a Sunday night..onto a cassette recorder. 🙂 Pick of the Pops with Alan Freeman.... 👍
The difficult part was being quick on the pause button to eliminate the chat in between tracks! 😄
Happy days....
 

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I used my mum's Amstrad for that - recorded at one speed and played back at a slightly different one. Well done, Sir Alan...

Re the OP - sounds like trying to listen more carefully to less material might be worth a try?
 
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When I was younger I couldn’t wait to get a few hours alone to listen to my music. These days I find myself just a bit discontented as there is so much available to listen to. Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining about the choice it is more about my state of mind.
I regularly buy CDs and records which are mainly new music that I have discovered when listening to the radio or going on a streaming mystery tour. There is just so much to buy/collect and not enough time to listen to it all. This often leads to procrastination and listening to snippets of songs/albums, a bit like channel flicking on the TV.
Anyway, the choice available today is fabulous. I just need to get my head in order and maybe change my approach. Anyone gone through the same process?
What with the news that CD sales recently have enjoyed an uplift it is sad to see that superstores have stopped stocking them along with DVDs. Specialist music stores are thinly spread largely because of the past domination of the superstores which decimated the dedicated music outlets. Superstores are opportunist operatives and as streaming has lessened the need to stock CDs or vinyl they have retreated in supplying music fans.
 
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When I was younger I couldn’t wait to get a few hours alone to listen to my music. These days I find myself just a bit discontented as there is so much available to listen to. Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining about the choice it is more about my state of mind.
I regularly buy CDs and records which are mainly new music that I have discovered when listening to the radio or going on a streaming mystery tour. There is just so much to buy/collect and not enough time to listen to it all. This often leads to procrastination and listening to snippets of songs/albums, a bit like channel flicking on the TV.
Anyway, the choice available today is fabulous. I just need to get my head in order and maybe change my approach. Anyone gone through the same process?
Couldnt agree more. Too much music is a rich problem. Plus, we are in 2022. What will guys say in 3022. No, there is never too much offer of cultural product. It does require only more curators, more experts, who know their stuff. On Radio, Podcast, etc.
 
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I still buy CDs, as I think they sound fantastic and better than streaming options, although, because it's easier, most of my listening is via Spotify, or Tidal. I think there are more than 60 million tunes and podcasts available online and there really is something for everyone. My musical tastes have changed very little, over the last 35 years, but I do listen to newer material, as the access to this stuff is much easier. I have quite eclectic tastes and listen to many types of music. I love Bach and can then switch to Dire Straits, or something similar. I do like trance and chillwave and I listen to an online radio station called Chilltrax, sometimes up to 12 or 13 hours. I work from my living room and I find complete silence very distracting. It's a great time to love music, as the technology these days, allows anyone with a phone, or decent HIFI kit, to enjoy a huge amount of high quality material. I used to pay for and download mp3s at 99p each, many years ago and I can't imagine why anyone would do that now. If there's an album I really like and it's well recorded, then I could be tempted to pay £10 for it and download it, but it must be WAV or FLAC quality. I want to rip my CDs to FLAC and put them on a USB drive, but my laptop has a slow DVD drive and it would literally take weeks to do this. I'm hoping Spotify change their mind and release a HIFI tier, at really high quality, as their site and software is much easier to use. They have offered me so many good tunes in my daily playlists and I doubt I would have searched for this stuff. I don't have a TV at the moment and don't think I will bother again, as I'm more interested in music. I really wish all this kit and access to music, was around in 1988 and I could have enjoyed it when I was really getting into music. People have never had it so good and the only improvement I could imagine, is having HIFI quality music, streamed to a pair of solar powered headphones, with a phone built into them, perhaps. Solar powered, HIFI quality, noise cancelling headphones that give access to any music platform, radio station, or your phone, with built in stereo microphones, controlled by a smart watch, would be fantastic! So many options and stuff to look forward to.
 
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Gray

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....I find complete silence very distracting.
No good trying to explain that statement to me Pod, I could never be made to understand it ;)
Personally, I find background music distracting.
Always gives me a wry smile when (very often lately) I read stuff like:
'I'm currently working from home, so I'm looking for a decent system for my office' :unsure:
Sorry mates, but you're either working or you're listening to music as far as I'm concerned.
 

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When I was office based I had people to chat with, but now it's changed and I need radio 4 and other things to listen to, while I push spreadsheets round a screen all day. I find music is better than radio conversations, as I tend to focus on the chat and can get involved with that instead. Staring at numbers all day and no people nearby, would make me go nuts, without something on, like a bit of chillaxing musc. It's certainly lifted my mood and helped me through the last 2 years. I don't think I could work fulltime in an office now. I have noticed my leccy use go up, with the HIFI on and the PC and screen on all day. At least travel costs are much less. Every cloud etc.
 
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Gray

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...I need radio 4
For my sins, I couldn't be without that.
In my first job I was left alone, repairing Hoovers, with an old valve radio to listen to the afternoon play.
I'll never forget turning it way up to hear the fantastic ending of Eric Clapton's 'Let It Grow' on Capital Radio.
Which confirms my first job was in 1974 😱....and that, of course you can work and listen (although the work stopped completely for that magic moment)👍
 
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