I’ve been running my iPod on shuffle a lot lately, which I love when I don’t have anything specific I want to listen to. The problem with shuffle is you run into all kinds of things you maybe don’t want to listen to anymore.
I often find myself thinking “oh, I’ve missed this song”, but I likewise will skip to the next song if it’s something I’m just not into. I don’t do this blindly, I will be listening and suddenly say “what on EARTH is this?”
More often than not, this question will be answered by “Oh, Tori Amos.”
I used to love Tori Amos, but somewhere along the way, that love was lost. I am finding that, similar to how I don’t listen to Sarah McLachlan anymore, the music is just not my kind of thing these days. Does it mean my music tastes have become more shallow, because I’d rather listen to Lady Gaga and Katy Perry? Maybe.
What I do know is that I’m no longer 17, but some of these artists have just not seemed to grow with me. Like a relationship that started out wonderfully, but you suddenly realize neither of you is the same person. While you’ve both been growing, it’s in opposite directions, and you’re no longer compatible. That’s what Tori Amos is to me – a relationship that used to work, and just doesn’t anymore.
This doesn’t mean that I’ll be deleting Ms. Amos out of my library – she’s not as bad to me as Nirvana or Tool. But I will be taking this as a reminder to uncheck her music in my iTunes, so that my next synch will not bring her in.
After all, what’s the point of having music in my iPod that I continually skip over?