That's the life cycle of my experience listening to several of my favorite musicians. I'll find some music that I JUST LOVE SO MUCH that I can't stop listening to it. Entire album at least four times a week. Compulsive need.
Ben Folds Five - Whatever and Ever Amen
Decemberists - Picaresque
The Hold Steady - Stay Positive
There have been MANY others. But what happens is that I listen to them to the point of burn out. Then I can't listen any more. It's like I've used them up. I overdid it. I didn't take a sip of their wine or a glass or even a bottle, I was hospitalized with musical alcohol poisoning.
But then, THEN, sometimes months later or years later, I can re-discover the music and it's like an old friend. The love is deeper, fleshed out by memory.
You have any music like that? Or am I crazy?
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I did that to the entire Beatles catalog in high school. I wasn't really into music; then discovered the Fab Four and was OBSESSED.
Now if I put on a Beatles album, I tend to tune the whole thing out and not notice until it's over. Which is a shame, because they're still great, but ... they just slide through my brain.
That said, about 5-6 years ago I did go through an active relistening period, listening to them actively again for a few weeks.
And "Hey Jude" and "Yellow Submarine" have been bedtime songs in our house for coming up on 4 years now.
I revisit the Sundays just about every year- the coming on of Summer makes me crave Static and Silence, and Fall means Reading, Writing and Arithmetic. I listen to them until I just CAN'T anymore!
Not crazy I do this _all_ the time. It used to break the replay button on my old cassettes (that's a technology that briefly reigned after vinyl but before CDs for you youngsters)
Like you, Ben Folds Forever and Ever Amen while driving, singing top volume, to Elizabeth's alarmed protests. "Too much Mama! Too loud!"
Annie Lennox's Diva. I feel like an ad for household products, it makes me dance around while I clean the house.
Supertramp's Breakfast in America. The most religious of these experiences. I sit stock still for the entire album. It makes me feel young and happy and incredibly old at the same time.
Ooh and a bonus one - Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation 1814. I had no idea what new jack swing was at the time, I just loved loved loved this album.
I do this with Van Morrison's Moondance.
Absolutely...I am on my way to wearing out Blue October's Foiled right now. It will happen and I'll be sad for a while. I am currently off Ryan Adams, Sufjan Stevens, and a few others. They will also (hopefully) rebound in a few months.
The first Third Eye Blind album (I know, I know) and Ryan Adams. Bob Dylan's Planet Waves. The Band. Tom Waits' Closing Time. I just got an IPod for my b-day so I'm rediscovering all of the above. My family hasn't seen me without earphones for about a week.
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