I have always tried to keep current with music because 1) I love good music, and 2) I love good new music. I can only hear the same thing so many times and be satisfied (minus most Queen, Sarah McLachlan, Queens of the Stone Age, a few 80s albums and anything by Otis Redding). And no matter how some music seems to be slowly leaving me behind, I can always rely on one type of music to reach me.
Rap is out because I don’t go to clubs anymore and because I don’t completely, culturally understand all rap, even if it is poetry. No one’s fault, that’s just the way it is. Same goes for the current heavy rock-n-roll, or at least the kind that requires guttural screaming, or something I read as a ‘death howl’? I could be remembering that wrong. Melody is a big thing for me, but also storyline, which requires that I am able to understand what the singer is singing/saying. So, all that’s left me in the “new music” area is Alternative, Pop (nooooo!), Hip-Hop (nooooo!), and Indie music.
Indie music is the closest to my heart. It’s a bit subjective, because most of it is classified as Alternative, but I find it’s usually rather simple music-wise, a bit odd, and definitely interesting. And don’t get me wrong, I love almost everything else, but where current music is concerned, it must be somewhat rock-ish and youthful. And again, interesting.
So, here are my favorite Indie songs from the past ten-to-twelve years. If I included everything from the early 80s on, the playlist would be way too long. Enjoy!