The last... eight? months or so have grown to be a musical explosion in my life. Blues: I've missed the weekly blues dance perhaps three times ever, since I really dove head-first into love with blues dancing last September. And then there was JETLAG: hey, we can do this dancing thing to lounge/world/downtempo/chill music too. DJX taught me we can consider all kinds of music to play with, in joy, silliness, intensity, a deep moment that creates a world between only you and a partner.
Out of this, for listening, the chill/lounge music stole my heart. It can be relaxing - enveloping - comforting - emotional - dark - passionate; it makes you dream, and desire. My journey in it originated with my (also new) love for chill house, building a playlist with artists I knew. From that I split off this list, and thereafter it has grown immensely. I've explored the work of a number of artists I first heard on Pandora, particularly from my station built after Jetlag. Friends have given me leads, occasionally Grooveshark Radio contributes a song I like, and Turntable has opened a few new doors lately.
The world of music is amazing - and if you let it be, overwhelming. There seems to be an endless number of artists I have never heard of, despite my ravenous desire to discover as much in the genres I love as I possibly can. (Sometimes I save so many songs that shuffling through my playlist procures songs I never recall finding - good songs, and thus an extra bit of happiness that I did find them already.)
But! in the vastness is the beauty. There is always more to find. Much of the time I find some music I don't care for, a bunch that is alright, and some that I like. But every now and then, my seeking is rewarded: I find a gem. Less than 20 seconds in, I'm in love. Excitement! And so I save it, harbor it, share it with those who may love it as well... and know that I'll have lasting joy in it.