One Year: A Restrospective Look Back On Music Discovery, Scrobbling, and Chart…


5 Ene 2007, 15:19

Wow. Time flies sometimes, and 2006 was certainly no exception. This last year though I had a new preoccupation--music.

I'm no stranger to music however, and I am by no means, a stranger to preoccupation. When I was younger, I was enveloped by it. It was a part of me. As I grew older though, it began to slip away from me, bit by bit.

I grew up in the era of the Walkman, and I thank Sony sincerely for that. Thanks to them I was able to bring along with me, wherever I happened to go, hours worth of entertainment, and should I wish, with the help of a decent set of ear phones, isolation from the rest of the world.

But when you get older things change. Eventually, I was no longer able to listen to music all day long, every day, as I used to. I forgot what that was like.

For me, Apple Computer helped turn that around with the iPod. Now, rather then hours of entertainment, it is possible to bring along entire music collections, in your pocket!

That was the first ingredient to my new musical journey. Eventually I was promoted at work, which allowed for more time to actually spend listening to some of this music, as I was able to have a desk, and a place to enjoy it.

And then, as if by magic, I stumbled upon Last FM. It was a random click on a link in the signature of an internet forum member, which brought me here. At first I was intrigued, and then I was enraptured. It was the next ingredient that I needed to explore a new musical world.

Through Last FM, I was able to make new discoveries--new discoveries of music, and new discoveries within myself! Without Last FM, there are many artists that I would not, at this point, have even realized that I could be a fan of, and it is possible that I never would have discovered this.

Also, I've been able to become reacquainted with old favorites. Many artists that I have either forgotten, or simply brushed aside, are now, once again, a part of my musical repertoire.

That leads me to the final piece of this article--chart manipulation. Maybe this is a confession, although I have never denied it, or perhaps it's simply an observation of myself... I often times find myself looking at my charts, and asking myself, "What's missing?" And that is how I decide what to listen to next. Don't get me wrong here, I am not talking about faking scrobbles! This is music that I truly enjoy and listen to! It is a way that I have found to round out my Last FM persona. I have created custom tags, and iTunes playlists, based on where music appears in my Last FM charts!

In short, I have been able to bring music back into my life. It is once again, a part of me. I've said it before, but I'm saying it again, thank you Last FM for helping to make this possible!

I eagerly look forward to the next year to see where this journey takes me. I have developed a very open mind to music, and I have been soaking up a lot of it. My latest discovery, The Grateful Dead, is proving to be a worthy listen, and I suspect that they may be climbing very quickly up my charts.

Happy New Year! :)


  • UncleX

    Lucky you, being able to listen to your music at work :) Happy music hunting in 2007!

    5 Ene 2007, 21:00
  • a-betaSys

    music leit motiv in BluetoothInbox..common idea feel..

    5 Ene 2007, 22:41
  • justinem

    Here's to hearing more good music in 2007!

    6 Ene 2007, 19:21
  • wackMcyeah

    esponse.... if i can :) o f corse... ... sorry i speak french... Bojour ? commment tu t'aqapeelles? :) a bientientot ? seee u

    12 Ene 2007, 3:07
  • Thrica

    Makes me feel better knowing that other people do chart manipulation too :)

    12 Ene 2007, 23:12
  • CaptHowdy666

    You know, That is exactly how I feel. The outright best purchase I ever made to celebrate getting a new job was my iPod Nano. That, mixed with my Mac Mini, and thank Gawd I stumbled onto, music has become fun again! has opened up a whole pile of new artists (maybe not new per se...but new to me). It's just been a kick ass year...I also shouldn't exclude the one other thing I need aside from my Mac, iPod, and torrents. Regards, Capt. Howdy.

    26 Feb 2007, 0:26
  • TheConfuzed1

    Torrents. Enjoy. :)

    4 Mar 2007, 7:09
  • GuitarBassDrums

    You gotta look at your charts to see who is not in your top 50 and should be ;) I think it will take about 3 years of last fm until my real music tastes are revealed in full. Listening to music at work, man that would be sweet. I could definitely beat my average 13 tracks a day then

    9 Sep 2007, 22:54
  • TheConfuzed1

    Yeah, I've been cut back a little on that, but it's still cool during odd hours... I eat and breath music. :)

    10 Sep 2007, 1:00
  • djliquiduk

    I often times find myself looking at my charts, and asking myself, What's missing? i definitely agree with you. :)

    1 Nov 2007, 0:45
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