I have a bad habit of having a cyclical style of music listening. I don't know why it happens, but it does.
Let me paint a picture for you...
As any of you who have read my posts or checked out the "Hear Me" feature in the sidebar know, I listen to a wide variety of musical genres and artists. Very little is safe from my prying ears. And I've received many comments to this end.
But this interpretation of me is not entirely true.
My musical listening tendencies come and go in cycles. One year, I'm totally into country music, and the next I won't be. I listened to a ton of country in my later undergraduate years, and then I stopped for nearly a decade save for say The Dixie Chicks. Then, last year, for whatever reason, I start to listen again. Nothing triggered it. It just happened. I picked up a country CD, and then another, and then another. And now I'm into it again to some degree. And this after years of bashing country music to my friend Allison. Go fig.
It's not limited to just genres of music, either.
At some moment, I may listen religiously to one band, and then I'll swear them off. My high school and early college days could be defined by my love of Pink Floyd. Then I got so tired of them, I sold every single album I had. This happened almost eight years ago. I haven't listened since. I even change the station when they come on the radio, that's how bad it has become. In my defense, several Chicago radio stations have an obsession with the Pink and play them every friggin' hour. You can only take so much of it.
A month ago, though, one artist I had sworn off about four years ago due to an insipid MTV reality show that he starred in with his family, suddenly found his way back into my good graces. I don't know how it happened.
One day, I was at the library and I saw one of his CDs -- Ozzy Osbourne's Tribute, one of the finest live albums ever recorded -- so I shrugged my shoulders and checked it out.
Ohmilord, how I've missed the Ozz. Not that I've been playing it nonstop since I checked it out, but anytime it happens to come up in shuffle mode on my iPod, it gets cranked. Coming home from the gym last night, I was rocking out to "Steal Away (the Night)."
But Tribute, and a few songs from No More Tears, are all I have on my computer. Since I've redeveloped this appreciation, I don't want to overdo it. Gotta crawl before you walk, right?