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, Of Monsters and Men, The Head and the Heart, Local Natives, The Lumineers, Dermot Kennedy, Jack White (and all of his endeavors), Nirvana, The Revivalists, Coldplay, Fleetwood Mac, The Black Keys, Guster, The Beatles, MGMT, The Arcade Fire, Hall and Oates, 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 themnearly 20 times, which as crazy as this sounds, pales in comparison to lots of other fans.  Maybe if I were single, without kids, and made of money, I would follow them around like a true groupie.  But as it stands, that’s out of the question, so I just have to settle for my few shows each year.  Even if you aren’t a huge fan of DMB, I highly suggest seeing them in concert at some point.  I have seen a lot of people converted into fans after experiencing their music live and seeing the energy that they give off to the crowd.  It’s an incredible thing to witness.