The Omaha metro has a really great music scene. There is always something going on in Omaha or Lincoln on any given day of the week. In the style of New Years’ resolutions, Kevin Coffey, a music critic and reporter for the Omaha World Herald, released some resolutions for a more musical 2014 on January 2nd. You can find the article on Omaha.com (it’s from his “Rock Candy” blog), but here are his ideas (and my comments) to broaden your musical perspectives in the coming year.
1. Find a band you like and listen to its entire discography. The good, the bad, and the ugly will help you appreciate the artist in a new way.
2. Go to the merch booth and buy a t-shirt or CD or both. Support the band in the best, most direct way.
3. Omahans and Lincolnites, go to the other’s city for a show. There are awesome opportunities to see music less than an hour away.
4. Buy an album from a local band. Support the little guy – who knows if you’ll be helping the next big thing?!
5. Try something you’re not normally into. Coffey suggests country fans try listening to Daft Punk or to give Jay-Z a listen even if you hate hip-hop. You can at least say you tried it.
6. Read someone’s autobiography. Learn something new!
7. Resolve to give new music one more chance. You may have dismissed it once but maybe it’ll grow on you.
8. Buy a turntable. Or dig it our of your basement, or borrow one. Listening to a beloved album on vinyl is an experience.
9. Organize your music. Even the smallest of collections can benefit from a little alphabetizing. Who knows, maybe you’ll find something that you thought was lost or re-discover a favorite from times past.
10. Instead of streaming a song online a million times, just buy it. You’re supporting the artist, you won’t have to worry about your internet connection, and with iTunes, you can buy just about anything as a single song.
Bonus: Listen to one band from each of the 50 states. Coffey just writes: Good luck with that one.