I no longer listened to the radio when I moved, so my knowledge of new artists was drastically limited. I didn't attend shows as much because my wallet was much smaller and the ticket prices were higher. Also I no longer had an in and didn't get to go to concerts and local shows for free. And as the years went by I still bought music, but mostly from the same artists I was quite familiar with. I was positive that attending the SxSW Music Festival and Coachella in 2011 was going to make my zeal for music return. I won't lie, it did for few months. Then it fell off. I didn't turn to music when my financial world start to crumble last year. I didn't turn to it when I had to take the semester off this year. Other distractions like television, fanfiction, and social media became my steady companions. Music was there, but was limited to when I left the house or a hour here and there while I was at home.
Then today I launched my spotify account and realized how much I missed my first love music. All the amazing feelings that listening to an great new artist or a song from familiar artist I hadn't heard came rushing forward. The emotions of it was overwhelming, but I loved being consumed by the feeling. First love I'm sorry I've been absent, but know I'm coming back for you and I won't stray again.
Here are the links to my SxSW and Coachella posts. Three sites to learn more about new artists or things your favorites are releasing are Earplugs Not Included, Hype Machine, and The Music Ninja.