Unfortunately, many of us resolve to accomplish New Years Resolutions that are entirely unattainable due to budgets, time restraints, or more.Whether that may be traveling to a dream location, completing a bucket list with thrill seeking activities such as skydiving, or finding the “perfect” significant other, many of them end up becoming pushed to the wayside or a source of disappointment. However, there are many easily achievable resolutions musically to attempt in 2017.
Here’s Our List of Ideas to Help You:
1.) Listen to a new song everyday or a song from a different decade everyday. To help with this here are a list of albums to explore song by song, day by day:
- For Emma – Bon Iver
- Turn Blue – The Black Keys
- Red, Earth, & Pouring Rain – Bear’s Den
- Starboy – The Weeknd
- 4 Your Eyez Only – J.Cole
- Bloom – Rüfüs Du Sol
- Dopamine – BORNS
- Bishop Briggs (She hasn’t released an album yet, but all of her singles are available on most streaming sites)
- Maggie Rogers (likewise hasn’t released an album yet)
- Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit – Courtney Barnett
- We got it from Here…Thank You 4 Your service – A Tribe Called Quest
- No Plan – EP – David Bowie
- Blonde – Frank Ocean
- Tapestry – Carole King
- Walking Man – James Taylor
- Woodface – Crowded House
- The Stranger – Billy Joel
- Planet Waves – Bob Dylan
- Texas Flood – Stevie Ray Vaughn
- Dangerous – Michael Jackson
- Pirates – Rickie Lee Jones
- Kick – INXS
- Ray Charles (aka Hallelujah I Love Her so) – Ray Charles
- Speaking In Tongues – Talking Heads
- Uprising – Bob Marley & The Wailers
- Mona, Bone, Jakon – Cat Stevens/Yusuf
If you’re trying to learn a new language, try listening to international music to immerse yourself further!
For example, some french artists to listen to: La Femme, Edith Pilaf, and Polo & Pan. OR if you’re trying to learn Spanish, you might enjoy Chavela Vargas, La Kinky Beat, or even Enrique Iglesias.
2.) Make a plan to experience live music at least once every three months.
This could include small, local free performances at coffee shops or it could be planning to go to a touring artists tours. Regardless, there are a myriad of opportunities to see live music for a range of budgets.
- There are apps such as BandsinTown that you can link with your spotify and other sites to track artists and notify you when they come to your area. With this app, you can state interests to going to concerts or ask for updates on ticket sales.
- Likewise, https://www.jambase.com is a website that searches for concerts near you.
3.) Read a book about music every few months!
Some notable books include:
- Barefoot in Babylon: The Creation of the Woodstock Music Festival, 1969 by Bob Spitz
- Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes From the American Indie Underground 1981-1991 by Michael Azerrad
- Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter (for those who are Hamilton/Musical fans)
- Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon — and the Journey of a Generation by Sheila Weller
BUT there is no harm in exploring books that peak your interest! In fact, this might be perfect because it would force you to rely less on reviews and more on your own opinion.
4.) Try making a CD instead of a playlist for any drive or routine in which you typically use music. This way, the order and theme is purposeful, plus, a well thought cd is a wonderful reminder to someone that you’re thinking about them.
5.) If you want to branch out this year, try to do some research into a genre that doesn’t interest you. Sometimes learning the backstory behind a particular style of music makes the music more interesting. For example, if you aren’t passionate about Spanish music, learning about the stories behind Corridos Mexicanos might help you connect more with the music and become a new way of branching out.
6.) Lastly, if you want to practice more mindfulness or journal this year, try to make a list of songs that interest you by writing one down everyday for a particular time period. For instance, you could organize this list by week, month, year or by an event in your life. By doing this, you are essentially documenting your tastes from a distinct time, helping you become more self-aware and have something tangible.
These options are easily attainable goals that still help make changes in your life or might assist in completing other goals on your list. Let us know what you think!