As I was driving home I was listening to music and reflecting on how I really need to find a way to put a car into my living room somewhere. Either that or I need to invest in a really high-quality pair of headphones.
Why? Because more and more lately the car seems to be the best place for me to absorb music. I still buy at least two or three new albums every single month, and some are heavier than others. I seem to be rather unique in that among the adults I know; I just asked my wife when the last time she bought new music was and she thought for a long time and said it might have been before our son was born.
He just turned 5, remember.
So, yeah: I still spend a decent amount of money on music. In fact, other than books and comics, music is the thing I spend the largest share of my discretionary income on. And what I’m finding is that until I’ve listened to a new album in my car, it’s as if I haven’t heard it at all. This was driven home recently by the first time I listened to a recent Hopsin album in the car. I’d listened to it over and over again at home, and I mean it: it was like I’d never heard it before. I appreciated that album so much more after keeping it in rotation in the car for a while than I had when had just listened to it on my computer– and my computer has good speakers!
(You might be wondering why there’s a picture of Kendrick Lamar at the top of this post. Same deal. I never properly appreciated Kendrick until listening to him while I was driving.)
Anyway, here’s the question: Are you, as a presumed adult (and if you’re not an adult, let me know and then answer anyway,) still buying music? And where’s the best place for you to listen to it?