Aficionado: a person who likes, knows about, and appreciates a usually fervently pursued interest or activity
That’s me, with music. I love listening to music, reading about it, researching artists, albums, songs and the history of music.
I started buying and collecting music when I was 8 years old and never stopped. Going to a record store was my favorite activity, where I could spend almost the entirety of my allowance on vinyl records. Back then the record store was not just a means to pay for music, but a place to meet other music lovers who voiced their opinions on their likes and dislikes, talked to a store owner who knew quite a bit about different types of music and browse endlessly through stacks of LPs in the bins. The store was were you learned about new music and socialized with fellow music aficionados. Back then there were no recommendation engines, no playlists and no blogs to spark your interest in music you are not familiar with. This blog is an attempt to recreate that sort of engagement in today’s virtual world.
Music moves me, and I particularly respond to melancholic music as you will notice when you browse through the posts in this blog. As Steven Wilson, an artist I admire for his integrity and musical curiosity, said: “I always find the saddest music is also the most beautiful”.
The posts in this blog are a journal of the musical pieces that leave the most impression on me. As the cliché goes, this is the soundtrack of my life. There are thousands of those pieces that affected me at various stages in my life, so this is going to be a long process. As another cliché goes, it is all about the journey, not the destination. I hope that this blog informs you of music you may have not known about, or reminds you how great is the music you already know.
A song a post, for a song.