Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Music Taste/Money Correlation

Let's not beat around the bush here: I am fucking poor. Das Diebstahl ist Spaß.

As anyone who knows me will tell you, I love music. Big, big, big, music fan. All kinds/genres. For the most part, I'd like to think I have good taste (I know that everyone says that, but for the most part it's true). Here's the thing--I think it's wrong to download music. Just plain wrong. That's why my CD collection is so huge compared to most people my age. My generation has no problem just downloading away. The notion of owning the shiny disc is irrelevant to the 30 and under crow these days.

But for the most part, I've stuck to my guns and bought CD's. But now, I am very poor...and without getting too technical/confessional about it, let me say I am swimming in new music (without it greatly impacting my delicate financial situation).

I'm a fucking thief. There, I said it. Come take me away FBI.

Anyway, at first it was cool. There was a ton of stuff I wanted but couldn't buy. Most of this stuff was music I'd only heard about but not actually heard (if you understand, nod your head). Some was good, most was crap that I flushed down the digital toilet...THE POINT IS--I can listen to WHATEVER I WANT. I'm talking kid in the candystore, that's where I am with music.

What do you think I'm listening to? Good stuff...right? Wrong. Try again. Driving into work today, I thought to myself, "What the hell am I doing? I can listen to any sound recorded by man...and I'm listening to Huey Lewis and the News??? Phil Collins?"

The sad truth is, music fans, that when the shackles of money and the humiliation of having to hand it over to a clerk for purchasing are removed...we revert to something less than ideal. We become crappy Pop fans.

But why? What happened? Back when I had more money I was dusting my giant, Led Zeppelin boxset and thinking "boy do I have good taste." But when I don't care if it costs me anything, I mysteriously gravitate to stuff that I'm embarrassed to admit I like.

Das Diebstahl ist Spaß.
Jason's Going To Work Mix:

1. "Sussuido"-Phil Collins
2. "Power of Love"-Huey Lewis and the News
3. "Uptown Girl"-Billy Joel (Joel is cool, but that song ain't kids)
4. "Free Falling"-Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (I had to have one non-embarrassing track, right?)

This is just another reason I need to get a decent paying job (soon). If this continues I may have to stab pencils into my eardrums.


Dave said...

I'd think it's because when you're broke, you think about your purchases. Is this going to be something I'll like next year? 5 years from now? Will I leave it to my children in my will? In short, is it worth the money?

Once you're freed from analyzing, the stress is gone, and you become complacent. A 5 megabyte mp3 of a great song costs as much in time and money as a 5 meg track by milli vanilli. There's no reason to be choosy anymore.

Jason said...

Yeah, you're right. When I'm making a purchase I tend to make sure it's what I really, really want.

Also, I find that when I'm buying a CD if I'm only familiar/like one song on it I'm more wary about shelling out the cash.

When I first started, I was downloading so much...but now...I really don't do it very much. And if I "got" an album that really knocked my socks off...or if I listened to it a lot, I'll buy it the second I get paid.

Ugh. More on that later.