I’ve always been the type to try out new things that I’m not too familiar with. From food to clothes to culture, I’ll always give something a try even if I have no prior experiences with it. How else are humans supposed to grow from their experiences if they don’t at least have new experiences to grow from?
I’ve felt that this take on life has been nothing but beneficial to me throughout the last 5 or so years. I never really embraced this way of living until I graduated from college. And since then, I’ve really seen myself grow and actually learn and internalize stuff from my unique experiences.
Music, you won’t be surprised to find, is no different for me.
You see, I grew up on country music. Before you say or think anything, it was 60s to 90s country that was the real stuff. When people hear the words country music today, they’re honestly pretty turned off to the entire genre, and I can’t even blame them.
But growing up on country didn’t do much for me at the time. I never listened to it for me. I only listened to it because my parents did.
Lately, though, I’ve explored just about every type of music you could think of, from musicians in the 50s to bands that are in their infancy here and now. It doesn’t matter who it is, what genre they’re placed in, or when they began playing, I’ll give it a listen and likely have at one point.
It’s because of this love for exploring new music that I’m constantly going to music festivals in the US. I’ve averaged about one festival a year over the last half decade, and I’d honestly like to bump that number up to at least 2 a year. At festivals, anything goes. You can be a no name band with just a hundred people in front of you or a mega headliner with thousands upon thousands singing along to every song. But it doesn’t matter who you are or what you listen to. You’ll always explore and find new music.
So, when it comes to music festivals, I have to plan around them on a yearly basis. I take off work exclusively for them. Even if some disaster of an illness were to befall me and my disability insurance would have to take over, I feel that I’ll still find myself at the festival I bought tickets for no matter what. (Especially thanks to disability insurance being able to cover my loss in income if ever that happened.)