If I were to summarize the 2020 albums as I heard them, as I did in 2018, even though everything went to shit, at least we got some good music in many genres. The year started off like any other, with my earlier meandry reviews implying a mindset of getting out in life more to random concerts and such, but after COVID closed concerts and my health problems, well, at least I heard 193 good albums released in 2020.
I slowly walked up the ramp to the post office with my two canes to collect a package. Someone held the door open and asked:
“Just getting back on your feet?”
“Well, keep on walking! Every day!”
It’s been nice and encouraging that strangers, even during a pandemic, have been offering to help open or hold doors for me. Another stranger did the same thing the last time I went to the post office.
As a writing koan, which came first: the typo or the fix? Although we want to rely on spellcheckers, they might not catch when the mind goes in wild. During my writing meandry for S&M2, for my 2020 Album Review Game, I wrote: “While I give out forty 5-star ratings to albums….” Correction: “While I have given out forty albums 5-star ratings as of late 2020…” Would it have been a problem had I not caught it?
Today on my 2020 Album Review Game, I had my perceptions challenged twice. The first, which is where we’ll start, was more innocent. A friend of mine had formed a similar opinion to mine and from there, I started writing about the dangers of nostalgia. When we form some opinions, they’re based around the circumstances of that time. There’s a common notion that I hate: Albums with only one good track? Why bother with albums anymore?
Thirty days ago, I realized I needed to reorganize my album tagging system to better systematically listen through the 5,811 albums I’ve specifically decided I’d like to listen to for the first time. This number excludes relistening to any of the 7,736 albums I’ve already heard and rated. What’s the point of doing all that? When my life is chaotic, I find data management like tagging, organizing, or otherwise making sense of the world to be calming.
There are achievements in videogames that I don’t have the nerves to attain. Whether there are platforms I don’t have the patience to precisely jump on, given tens or hundreds of jumps, shots that I don’t have the patience to execute, or other examples, I want to casually meander through 80% of media to comprehensively meander through the remaining 20% of media. A casual rule of thumb might be: I’ll give up after 10 attempts in an 80% media.
I’ve listened to shy of 230 albums released in 2020 between January 01 and May 16. I listen to new albums primarily to hear new things but secondarily to find new favorites. Over these past few months, I’ve only found three albums that I would consider buying. All the rest I heard legally, through streaming platforms, so I’ve invested zero dollars into this project. I still wonder, though, why do I keep up this project, this Album Review Game?
As a casual conundrum, I wonder, is it better to get out to concerts even if the overall experience was just alright? What if nothing was fantastic? What if I had no new realizations over life or music? What if it was just an evening out, money spent on things, and time away from other hobbies? I used to disdain these sorts of evenings because I didn’t have any content to generate after returning home…