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Rusty

Great post Dylan. I had a similar progression, listening mostly to what my dad did for years (Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffet, lots of late 70s and early 80s bands that aren't quite soft rock but aren't quite hard rock...), continuing through middle school with a rap phase. Then phase two (which started on the tail end of phase one because it was what my friends were listening to, but ended with me starting to think beyond poppy hooks and hummable tunes) was finding classic rock like Led Zeppelin, the Stones, Doors, etc. Phase three was tracing that lineage back through jazz, country and especially blues. And I'm dabbling with a phase four, but not quite there yet.

Aubrie

I have to say, it's posts like this that make me wish I was someone who found deeper meaning in music. You inspire and make me want to go out and find a band that was previously unheard of and say, "This is a song that touches my soul." Unfortunately, when I try, I find I'm just not that deep. I just wanna be able to sing int he shower.

Hard to believe we have the same parents.

Dylan

Here's the thing, Aubrie... and I hope this doesn't come off as condescending... but you could if you'd take the time. And I disagree with your assesment that you are unable to be touched by music, because I've seen it happen to you.

Music... just like anything... requires that time gets paid to in for there to be more than a surface involvement in it.

Julia

Great post Dil! If you haven't yet - check out the new Bright Eyes album "I'm Wide Awake It's Morning" - except skip the first track cause it's all talk. This is what I have been obsessively listening to since it came out at the end of jan. It's their best album yet. Full of lyrics that hit home, and make you want to laugh and cry at the same time. Emmy Lou Harris sings vocals on it also.

I too had many stages -- including a brief christian rock stage in junior high.

A book that has changed my view on religion landed in my hands a month ago. It's called "Under the Banner of Heaven" by Jon Krakauer, and Penguin doesn't publish it, so I can't send you a freebie or i would. It's about the history of the Mormon "church", and it really makes you think about how religions came to be, and why, and how the rise of fundamentalism in all religions is a pretty scary thing. It centers on Mormonism, but the same can be said about Christian Fundamentalists or Kabbahla followers, and how people who have power over others can brainwash them into believing anything at all.

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