Last year, I challenged myself to a monthly video blog post that focused on a new guitar riff that I created in that month. It was a lot more effort than I realised—writing, recording and replicating for video takes time. But it was a challenge that I’m going to say I completed successfully.
2019 needs a new challenge. It needs to be something different and I am looking for a challenge of a different type. Luckily, I worked out that there are 26 letters in the alphabet and 26 fortnights in a year. So the challenge begins.
One of the weird and wonderful things I challenged myself with personally last year—that doesn’t feel weird at all to say on this first day of 2019—was asking my work colleagues to randomly choose a letter for me so I could use that letter to determine the musical artist I would listen to on my drive home from work.
I ended up with a daily surprise and some great variety. It kept my musical experience fresh each and every day. It was also fun. That’s what got me thinking about the new challenge I have now set myself for this new year.
I will listen to a playlist of music for a fortnight and each artist or band will have a name that starts with that fortnight’s letter. Some fortnights will have a list that is shorter than others, but I’m also hoping my online friends will help me discover new bands every two weeks.
By the way, I am aware that the word fortnight isn’t as widely used/understood as it is here in Australia. A fortnight is two weeks in time. It’s not some kind of game that the majority of the world seems to be fascinated with. That would be Fortnite and I can’t play a game that is spelled like that.
I’m also not a big gamer, so there’s that too. Back to the challenge though.
Each band or artist can only have one song in the playlist. I can’t appear to have a favourite after all. The only appearance of favouritism is the individual track I choose for each artist. These are my preferences after all.
To get the ball rolling on this challenge, I begin with my playlist for the letter A. The initial list consists of:
- Alice In Chains—Would?
- Anthrax—Now It’s Dark
- Aerosmith—Dream On
- A Perfect Circle—Judith
- Angels & Airwaves—Call To Arms
- AC/DC—Hells Bells
- AFI—Miss Murder
- Avenged Sevenfold—Beast And The Harlot
- ASHES dIVIDE—The Stone
- Alter Bridge—Black Bird
- Alice Cooper—Poison
Is there a heavy rock or metal artist that you’d include? Let me know. I’m always open to listening to new bands. I just need to be able to listen to their music on Google Play Music.
Let the musical discovery begin.