A friend sent me an invite recently. It was for an event at a local brewery, held to celebrate the release of Taylor Swift’s new album, Midnights. I told her it sounded fun, but that I tend to think of Taylor Swift album releases as solitary experiences; that I’d already blocked off the entire weekend for walks by myself around the lakes, listening on repeat. This was partially an exaggeration but mostly the truth. And, for the record, I am perfectly okay with this plan.
Her invite, and my subsequent response, got me thinking.
There’s something magical about the first time (and the second, and the third) listening to an album from an artist you love all the way through—noticing the songs that pull you in most, some for obvious reasons and others for those you can’t quite put your finger on yet. In that spirit, I decided to dream up a number of ideas for how one could experience their first listen to an album. The ideas I’m sharing today can, of course, apply to any album of your choosing, from any artist who particularly resonates with you. In today’s post, for the sake of timeliness, we’re discussing Taylor Swift’s Midnights album.
There’s something magical about the first time (and the second, and the third) listening to an album from an artist you love all the way through—noticing the songs that pull you in most, some for obvious reasons and others for those you can’t quite put your finger on yet.
Given its very premise—”A collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams”—this album in particular seems promised to be a doozy of the emotional variety. This, in my personal opinion, makes it a ripe opportunity to enjoy your first listen with even more intention—in whatever way speaks to you most.
What’s your own personal listening method of choice?
BY Jackie Saffert - October 20, 2022
Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.