FT5: Things to Do While Listening to Music
If you find yourself here, odds are that you’re probably a huge music fan, which means that music is going to play a predominant role in your life. I surveyed many friends, and mostly talked to myself, trying to figure out what the majority of people are doing when they decide to jam out. Of course, seeing as I’m the writer, I had to put my own personal touch on this, and thus the ranking of said practices while listening to music.
Now, a lot of people are already rolling their eyes, thinking, “this is my number one way to listen to music!” Sorry kids, but let me explain. First, I’ve succumbed to the fact that I’m a little bit heavy, yet I can still wear a medium shirt, though probably not as gracefully as my young hipster days. Now, just because I’m a touch plump, doesn’t mean I’m going to work out. That’s just ridiculous. I don’t like sweating, and I don’t like shiny shorts. But, for those who do work out listening to music, are you really listening to music? Which is more important to you: 1) the work out OR 2) the listening experience. Those of you who work out will probably say the work out is more important, as it should be, but that negates the fun of listening to music, so it fits nicely in the 5 spot.
Recommended genres/bands: Punk–Ramones, Dead Boys, Black Flag. I like to work out angry, if I ever work out, which I don’t, so this is just a suggestion.
I wish I could say that this was number one, but man this just seems like a horrible idea. Personally, I just can’t do it, though I know my friends do. For me, I can’t really make up my mind which is more important to focus on, as I’m a huge music nerd. I’ve done this before, and occasionally I find myself getting swept up in the beat, and using that to follow all maneuvers. But, if the song stops, or changes rhythms, I lose my pace, get lost, and the sex is awful. I admit it, I simply am not cooridnated enough to have sex and listen to music. I figure the ladies need my focus, but if they introduce music, I get lost, and they don’t want that. If they do, then I’m cool with it.
Recommended genres/bands: R&B. D’Angelo or R. Kelly, is a solid choice. If you’re into angry sex though, industrial music is probably awesome, like Atari Teenage Riot or NIN.
This is probably one of my favorite pasttimes, especially considering the wonderful weather we’ve been having in Austin. Nothing says music listening experience like getting a new album, rolling down the windows, and speeding down the highway, wind blowing, music blasting. This is, however, quite the same as 4&5, and I don’t know if it’s truly possible to differentiate your focus between the roadways and the music. Personally, I’d probably drive better drunk (not that I ever have, nor do I condone it) than I would whilst rocking out and driving. What can I say? Music is just something that takes me somewhere else.
Recommended genres/bands: All. Anytime you get a new record and it’s sunny. Go drive, go blast, go get lost in it all.
Somehow, this is not working out, and its not really exercise either, though doctors would argue. This is just one of the two best personal experiences for listening to music, at least in my opinion. I can’t tell you how many times, rain or shine, I would just throw on my headphones, and walk out the door into the night. Its best when you catch a nice breeze blowing in your face as your mind wanders away, lost in the music. It combines two of my favorite experiences, that being listening to music and chilling with nature. It’s not nearly as passive as other music listening activities.
Recommended genres/bands: Shoegaze or any -gaze/Galaxie 500, My Bloody Valentine, Jesus and the Mary Chain, Pains of Being Pure at Heart.
Sure, this could be seen as a prelude to all of the above activities. But, this one is the most personal for me. I can’t even begin to count the millions of times I’ve sat, lying on my bed, just staring off into space while the music sucked me in, as it is supposed to do. Also, it doesn’t require a whole lot of energy, which makes it convenient for hangover mornings, long days at the office, or really just any old time. You can always just sit around and listen to music in your room. And you probably should. At least once a week.
Recommended genres/bands: SBM (sad bastard music)/ Eliott Smith, Bill Callahan, Bob Dylan, and Spiritualized.
So what are you up to right now? Are you listening to music? Do you think you have other ways to listen to music that are far superior? Do tell; we’d love to hear your ideas.