It seems as though Operation: Go To Sleep Early has failed, so I’ll see if I’ve got three things worth typing up.
1) I’ve mentioned more than once the amount of new music — rock, hard rock, etc — that’s being released these days, and wondered whether that played a role in how difficult it seems to be for anything to gain significant traction these days. It really hit me again tonight, just looking at the number of new singles and/or videos released in the past week. From February 14th back to Feb 8th, I’ve come across new songs from: Kill Devil Hill, Newsted, Scorpion Child, House Of Lords, The Sword, H.E.A.T., Vandenberg’s Moon, Joan Jett, Cage9, Pretty Maids, Freedom Call, Bill Leverty (ex-Firehouse), North Til Dawn, and Sweet Cyanide. And that’s only taking into consideration stuff I considered worthy of future listens after one try. And while it’s a little heavier than usual on melodic rock & artists with history stretching back to the 80’s, it’s not really an unusual number to see. The previous week had singles and/or videos from Miracle Master, Pop Evil, Chevelle, Half Moon Run, The Virginmarys, Fuel, The Used, Dream Theater, and Straw Wings, plus a couple of Christian Rock tracks worth noting that came to my attention maybe a little bit past their official release dates. That’s 25 songs in just two weeks, counting only those that really stood out to me positively, and not counting several that released new videos several weeks after they started getting airplay. I can’t help but wonder, how is the average consumer/listener/fan supposed to digest that much material all at once? I don’t know what could or should be done about it, I’m not suggesting any solution, but it’s really no wonder airplay can be so hard to come by for most bands these days.
2) Experienced an earthquake for the first time in my life tonight, apparently a 4.1 to 4.4 event located about 80 miles east just across the South Carolina border had no problem reaching Athens, GA. While the story that goes with it — involving me tromping around in the dark & the leftover snow & the leftover ice trying to figure out which tree had fallen & struck our house — will be one that’s likely a part of grandparently stories some years down the road, I can’t say that I’m particularly amused by the experience. Wasn’t something I’d ever care to feel again, not even at such mild levels. Too freaky, too unnerving for my taste by more than half.
3) Maybe me getting older doesn’t entirely mean that I’m exclusively 100% grumpier … cause I think I found more humor than usual in the whole Valentine’s Day festivities, or even in the concept. Between the Grumpy Cat Valentine card I saw online to various and sundry jokes, I didn’t really see as much angst about the day as I did more like relatively gentle mocking humor. And that really started earlier in the week when a local sheriff declared the holiday officially postponed due to the wintry weather and gained national media attention for the gesture. I’m not trying to be unromantic or anything, I guess I just figure if you’re inclined that way toward somebody then it seems downright foolish to invest an undue amount of time & energy in noting in one day a year, you better have that down pat the whole 365 days, or at least as many of them as you can.