I have phases for everything I do in my life. There never is a normalcy, everything is always extreme.
There are times when I am listening to music continuously... I mean, wake up in the morning... pop head phones into my ears and take them out at some time in the middle of my night sleep. I also listen to the same song several times on some days. Yes, that is true. I just leave the phone on loop mode and continue listening to the same song. Those days I wonder why I don't do this more often. There is no need for changing songs, I am quite happy with the song I am listening to. All is well with the world. Of course, that only lasts for a few hours.
I was talking to an acquaintance of mine and then said that during his recent long drive, he just left his phone on shuffle mode and listened to all songs without interjecting. His goal was to get to all the songs without preferentially selecting a particular song or skipping another one. Try that exercise, it is tougher than you think!
And then, there are days or weeks when I do not listen to any songs. It is almost like I am on a diet and cannot bear the thought of music. No song seems interesting and no album worth listening. I just listen to my mood and stay away from all music at those times. Eventually, I will return to listening again.
In all of these mood swings, there is one certainty I am very reluctant to start listening a new album. Part of the reason I started the reviews on this blog is because I wanted to train myself to take up a new album and listen to it without any prejudice. When someone recommends a new song or when I accidentally read about it somewhere, I always end up loving it. In the past, I was not very good at trying new songs myself. That is slowly changing.
That brings me to a question. How many songs do you have on your music-listening equipment (phone or tape or CD or anything else). Leave a comment!