How do you expose yourself to new music?  If you’re like me, you’re always on the prowl for something fresh, new and different to listen to.  I enjoy music from all kinds of genres, from high opera to classic rock…I grew up in old fashioned C&W territory and hated country music the entire time I was growing up, but I love and appreciate it now.  My  favorite, these days, is the creative alternative musician that does not have to rely on high tech productions to send chills up and down my spine.  Lake Street Dive sends me to the moon.  Many thanks to my good friend, Jimmy A. for turning me on to this group a year and a half ago.  They are fantastic!

and I love Eli Leib.  My friend, Kevin, turned me on to him. :

One way that I find new music to listen to is to go to the website of a local music venue that I really love, the Aladdin Theater or to simply drive the 8 minutes it takes to get there from my house, and see shows randomly, whether I’ve heard of the band or not.   I’ve never seen a show there I didn’t like, except for the time that a certain famous guitarist (whose first name is Leo)… was so drunk he could barely perform…but other than that…I’ve had a good time every time I’ve gone, and I’ve been turned on to some great bands.  I can surf to their site, write down the names of everyone they have booked, go onto the web and download some music and 9 times out of 10, I love what I hear.  I discovered the Floydian Slips through the Aladdin.

Another way that I find new music is to simply ask.  I recently asked my friends on Facebook to comment with videos that knocked their socks off.  Here are some of them:

The great Miche Braden:

And this one by Rising Appalachia…I adore this song, “Swoon”:

My daughter-in-law, Katherine shared this one with me.  She taped it herself.  How lucky she was to get to see Moji being plucked from the audience for one of the most mind-blowing sessions yet!  Wow!

My friend, Shannon Kringin (from the Goddess Kring Show in Seattle) sent me this hilarious chicken people video.  Mind blowingly bizarre!! :

My friend, Annie, sent me this gorgeous rendition of K.D. Lang singing Lenard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”.  (I’ve never heard a bad version of this song:

Anyway…so there are some ideas for finding new music.   It’s a good thing to always remain open to new talent, new sounds and new ideas in music.  Of course, sticking with some that you’re already intimately familiar with can be pretty sweet, too.  🙂