Hello Dope Dopers!
TLDR: How do you personally keep track of the music you enjoy? Not just music files, albums, or such, but an ongoing list of what you like?
I grew up listening to oldies pop from 30’s-60’s from my mom, as well as classic rock, progressive rock, and the like from 60’s onward from my dad, as well as punk rock from 70’s onward from my sister. As a kid I’d grab a CD that looked cool and listen. As I got a little older I started to lean more heavily on certain collections. By 18 I had a large listing of mp3’s I listened to daily. By 23 I had changed the way I listened to/perceived music by several orders of magnitude.
I now use the program MusicBee to manage my music library.
At 26, I currently feel like I am lost in an ocean of music. I have a beautiful boat to make my way around - MusicBee is an excellent application. The waters look pleasant - I have just scratched the surface of prog, really. But I don’t know any way to systematically approach music anymore. I used to just follow where my passions led me, but now that I’ve “discovered” all the obvious bands I have no plan of attack. The results have me randomly searching for prog rock albums.
Also, I have a lot of music that I know but haven’t downloaded/purchased.
I love Elvis, for example, but never got around to downloading. I wish I had some systematic way to review artists for downloading.
And lastly, my musical tastes seem to change with the weather quite dramatically. For example; 311, Sublime, really any punk rock, is all summer music to me. Nirvanna, Smashing Pumpkins, Alice in Chains, are all Fall/Early Winter music to me.
But I want to be able to get into my car, turn on my MP3 player and listen to something as random as, say, Beach Boys - All Summer Long - shoot I feel like I can’t even articulate this problem. Maybe I can play off some suggestions to get a better idea of it.