by Randy B
“[S]eek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.” Matthew 7:7
A few years ago, I had become all but convinced that nobody was making any new music worth listening to anymore. I still had my old favorite bands and albums that I played religiously, many dating from college and even high school, so it was not as if I was no longer into music. It also was not as though I hadn’t been looking for new stuff. I would tune into my favorite radio stations, check out people’s lists of year-end favorites, dig around iTunes for new stuff and read the occasional music blog or magazine. All to no avail. Rather, it just seemed as though the entire music industry had simply lost its groove.
At the same time, it also seemed that most people didn’t have that sense at all. Perhaps I just missed it, but I don’t recall reading or hearing much if anything about the sudden dearth of anything new worth listening to. Instead, I got the sense the people were generally digging the new bands and the new songs from old bands, at least within the genres of music they followed.
Things started to change one night as I was desperately flipping through channels trying to stay awake on a late drive home from work when I just happened to come across a crazy (so my kids tell me) song on the local college radio station. I went home and looked up the band and then listened to them for weeks nonstop. A few months later, a friend happened to post a link on Facebook to another band I hadn’t heard of before. It was like manna from heaven. With a little time on Google, those initial leads led me to all kinds of great stuff.
Funny thing is, most of these bands and their best songs had been around for years. I had just missed them. Rather than the entire music industry losing its groove, I had been in a rut. I am still not entirely sure how I got there, or how to go about getting out of it when it happens again, or even that I’m not heading right back to where I started. But the next time I get so delusional as to think that the creative energy of the human race is tapped out or headed entirely in the wrong direction, whether it’s music or anything else, here’s hoping I’ll think twice and look a little harder.