What makes us like a new piece of music?
I listen to tons of new music. It's my job; it's also my pleasure. Not just classical, either. There I am, every Saturday morning, lined up at the new release troughs at Newbury Comics and Turn It Up. I never come away empty-handed. Then, there's Spotify, Rhapsody, Pandora and, best of all, personal recommendations. It doesn't take much to get me to try something. You could be a friend, an acquaintance, or a perfect stranger. Tell me to give it a listen, and I usually will. What fun!
Not that I like everything I hear. I'd say that if I hear a hundred new things in a month, about ten will get a second listen, about five will enter my collection, and one or two will become favorites. What distinguishes those one or two? I could empty the thesaurus of such adjectives as entrancing, appealing, alluring and mesmerizing, but they don't quite get at it. There's something in the music I love that reaches me deeply, tells me a story, and immerses me in a unique soundworld that's fun to visit. It's inviting, rewarding, perhaps challenging, but the challenges aren't work, they're play. It's got personality, stands out from the crowd , and doesn't mind risking excess — better that than caution any day.
But rather than go on, I'd rather you tell us what you want in a new piece of music. Please add your criteria to the conversation. And if you can point out a few examples — well, we could all use some good new sounds to check out!