If you’ve been following my blog for any length of time, you know that I dig music.  I really dig music.  So in an effort to keep myself focused and not let music be a constant topic in my pieces, I have dedicated Mondays as my “allowed” music blogging days.

And music is just the general topic.  I might discuss a concert that I’ve been to recently, a new music discovery that I’ve made, an album that has rocked my world, something that I’ve read recently about music, etc.

Here are some of the things that you might like to know about my personal relationship with music…

Favorite bands – Dave Matthews Band, Foster the People, Cage the Elephant, Florence + the Machine, Nirvana, Coldplay, Fleetwood Mac, The Black Keys, Guster, Band of Horses, Arctic Monkeys, The Beatles, MGMT, The Arcade Fire, Modest Mouse, Underground Youth, The Districts, Tears For Fears… I could go on forever.

Where my love began – I was raised around music and it’s likely that I was even exposed to it while I was in the womb.  My dad was a bit of an audiophile.  He always had high end stereo equipment and swore by his turntable even after cassettes and CDs were the medium that most people used to listen to music.  He would blast his favorites at volumes that pissed my mom off and he and I would dance around the house together.  Of course I developed my own taste in music as I got older, but a lot of the music that he first introduced me to are still my favorites today.

My first concert – Whitney Houston when I was 7 years old.  My parents loved her, I loved her.  I mean, what kid from the ’80s didn’t dance like a maniac to “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”?

How often do I go to concerts?  The answer to that would probably be “too often”.  Okay, in my opinion, there is no such thing as going to too many concerts.  But I’m sure that other people would disagree with me.  Then again, I know lots of people who wouldn’t bat an eye about buying season tickets to the Colts games, so how is this worse?  I’m not interested in sports, so this is my vice.  I shudder to think how much I’ve spent on concert tickets over the years, or even in the past year, but the experiences I’ve had and the memories I’ve made make it worth it.

The band I’ve seen live the most times – Dave Matthews Band, hands down.  I’ve seen them 13 times, which pales in comparison to lots of other fans.  And this year, they’re not touring and I’m more than a little depressed about it.  But Dave is touring with Tim Reynolds and I’m going to see them in Ohio, so that should tide me over until (hopefully) next year when they tour again as a full band.