“What’s your favorite book/movie/song/album?”
That line of questioning rubs me the wrong way. I just don’t like to think in those terms.
For one thing, there’s an element of permanence in naming favorites. It locks you in. Any possible contender is now a challenge to your self-imposed hierarchy.
Our relationship to music was so much more intense as teenagers. How can one compare the way we consume music now to waiting in line to buy a record at a midnight release party?
Beyond that, I like different stuff for different reasons. I’ve listened to The Cure’s 17 Seconds probably more than any other album in my life. But does that make it my favorite album? No way! For whatever reason, it spoke to me at the time – a rather dark time, one would presume.
Anyway, favorites. Not my thing. So I wrote a song about that…
1. Playing Favorites, the opener from my latest EP, is a free download this week.
2. I just posted detailed review of online radio promotion service Feature.fm, which I worked on for months!
3. Use code “LeapYear” to get 10% off a Color Theory watch (or anything else) through Monday at Modify Watches. They just launched a stainless steel edition!
4. Lots of great press this month: Endeavor Magazine published a feature story on yours truly. I’m looking forward to receiving print copies in the mail! Rated Sound posted an extremely generous review of Adjustments, Pt. 3. Empty Lighthouse followed up on the new EP, and longtime fan Aaron Vehling posted a thoughtful and detailed interview on his blog Vehlinggo.
5. Today I updated my massive Spotify playlist, Color Theory’s Synthpop Wonderland, to 200 tracks. My 8tracks playlist Indie Synthpop went gold! (no account needed to listen)
6. I spoke with two other Brians about Brianhood, and my music, on The Brian Trust (podcast on iTunes here).
7. I answered, and continue to answer, dozens of questions from dozens of people on Wiselike. Ask away!
8. I beat Matt Damon in the Surf City Half Marathon by 20 minutes. 😜
9. I received, apropos of nothing, a bottle of Diet Coke via FedEx.
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photo by Thomas Hanewinkel