Social Distancing has the majority of people in isolated situations where the concept of ‘cabin fever’ gets a new meaning. Being stuck at home we have to find new ways to stay busy, entertained, and occupied. One of the best activities is listening to music. The old saying goes “Music soothes the savage beast” and can be applied to pretty much every activity you are doing. The challenge is there is so much out there, especially if you subscribe to services like Spotify, you can get lost, in a rut, and listen to the same stuff over and over.
I saw a post from a colleague about a book he had called 1,001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Loving music I was intrigued regardless but I decided to buy the hard copy of the book and turn it into an isolation activity. I am glad I did.
This book does indeed have 1,001 albums stuffed into almost 1,000 pages. Each album has the cover art, release details, and a description of why this album is in the book. It’s not just a list, the reasoning behind it is very interesting. The albums’ release years range from 1954 up to 2018.
Now like my young son said when he saw the book, “This book is just someone’s opinion”, which is correct but the point is to get exposed to music I never would have found or listened to normally. Because I use Spotify I can’t wait for my personalized playlists to change over time as I go through these.
To make it more interesting on how I use this vast collection of great music I randomize my selection. I goto Random.org, put in the page range, and let it pick a page. I pick the first album on that page and listen to the whole thing. I put a little checkmark on the album to mark it off and save the album in a 1,001 Folder I have in Spotify.
In the first few days of doing this I have heard albums I never heard before, artists I never heard before and for the most part, it’s all been great. From Bob Dylan to Ice-T to The Avalanches it’s been very diverse. It’s a simple idea but it’s very fun and if you are a music lover this may work for you.
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