If you’re like me, you have a huge collection of music but you end up listening to the Same Old Stuff all the time.
To challenge myself to discover new music, I decided to play a game. The rules:
- Once you play a song, it is added to the List.
- You may not play that song, or any song on the List, again until 100 days from when you started playing The Game.
- If you hear a song through a radio station, like Pandora, that’s on the List, you must skip or mute it.
- If you are exposed to a song (a) being used as a soundtrack, (b) in concert, (c) or through any method where you aren’t directly controlling the playlist (other people’s radios, restaurants, etc.), it does not count as you playing it.
- If you are a performer, and you are mainly listening to a song to rehearse, it does not count.
- Covers of the same piece count separately.
- Different versions (live/acoustic) of the same piece count separately, as long as they are substantially different (i.e. not the same band playing in a different venue)
- For classical music, different performers count separately.
- If you feel like you are cheating, add a new rule that stops you from doing whatever it is that felt like cheating.
- If you accidentally listen to a song that you’ve heard before, it’s a point. Score is like golf. Lower is better.
By the end of this, I will hopefully have listened to a lot of music, and quite a bit of it will be new. I’ll post my thoughts on this blog.