Move Over, Music

There was a time when I would download any and every anime song I could find, and scour P2P programs to find the most obscure songs possible, but at some point I fell off that wagon. Maybe it was that eventually songs became so easy to find that downloading individual songs made way for downloading entire soundtracks, and the fear that music would eat up hard drive space left me hesitant to just grab them all willy-nilly.

What ended up happening was that I felt there were giant holes in my song collection, and after a few years of this I decided yesterday that I should start to make up for it. So there I went getting songs old and new, trying to make up for lost time, and feeling out of place with people who download music like they drink water and don’t really have to think about it. It’s also then that I noticed something: silence. The funny thing about this silence is that once upon a time I’d have anime music playing whenever I was at the computer. It was a constant of my internet and anime experience, with Hayashibara Megumi never far away in the song list. What changed? It can’t be that I got tired of it, as I bring my mp3 player everywhere I go. At some point though, j-pop made way for the click-clacking of the keyboard. It sort of reminds me of a change I went through in regards to what I liked to draw on. Before college, I hated using sketchbooks but in college it became all that I used to the point that I even took class notes in sketchbooks.

I’m sure it’s all tied together. Most likely, the more new music I wanted to get, the more music I had, and thus the more I had to simply listen to, but I feel like I can’t really explain why the change occurred.

5 thoughts on “Move Over, Music

  1. Years ago, I “couldn’t” write without music playing. Indeed, I would key up certain kinds of songs for scenes and characters. Four years ago I found I was just writing, no music required. (I do still sometimes play music while I’m writing blog posts, I suppose.)

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  2. It also helps to shoot for variety, which is why I enjoy going into the soundtracks themselves instead of just the J-pop alone. There’s so much out there to explore that it’s a shame that it doesn’t get more coverage.

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  3. I think I went through a similar phase, but for me it comes down to that the relationship between me and the music I listen to changed. More and more the music had served some purpose. I was either listening for mood, for its use in a work, or trying to enjoy it. I choose silence more often now, but it isn’t because I’m tired of listening to anime-related songs or jpop (or anything else for that matter).

    Maybe there’s value in not listening to anything.

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  4. I still download a song or two I hear from something and listen to it on repeat until it gets dull. And there has to be some psychological thing between music and reading, since whenever I listen to this one particular Dream Theater song I suddenly feel like I’m “in” 1984 (but not vice versa).

    As for taking notes in class, I stopped carrying individual notebooks for each class or even one giant 5 subject notebook, just one thin-ruled composition notebook for everything, though you can make your own interesting “navigation” systems.

    Longhand is pretty enjoyable.

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