This is why I don't generally listen to music. :P If anyone asks, or if a comment seems contextually appropriate, I'll usually say I'm not that into music. The truth is, I'm into it too much.
I can't listen to music as background noise. If I like a song then it's distracting, and if I don't then it's annoying. I generally just avoid it because it sucks me in if I'm not careful.
This morning, I wasn't careful.
So I got a Facebook notice that a friend of mine posted a link. I went to check it out, and it was Queen's Live Aid set. I haven't seen that in a long time, so I clicked through and watched it. Awesome stuff -- Queen rules.
But I glanced at that column of links to the right on the YouTube page, and saw that there are... holy crap, there are reaction videos with people who've never heard Queen before, and sometimes the younger ones have never heard OF Queen. O_O
There were a few other things too -- one video analyzed Bohemian Rhapsody (the structure, not the lyrics) and it was really good. And I watched a video analyzing how Disney makes the songs in their movies feel nostalgic, which was actually sort of a history of Disney movie music, and how the music is one of the major factors in bringing about the Disney Renaissance, starting with Little Mermaid, which had completely awesome music. (I nagged my then-boyfriend, Jim, into renting it on my first or second visit (to see him in realspace -- we met online) and when we finished "Under the Sea" he had to rewind and watch it again right away. :D )
But mostly it was Queen reaction videos.
I got up a bit before midnight last night, Jim went to bed a little after two, and I started watching videos between four and five in the morning. I just finished. So... yeah, I lost like eleven hours of what was going to be productive time to watching a bunch of ridiculously fun music videos. :P I watched the Live Aid set like... seven times? Maybe eight, counting the original non-reaction video link that set me off. (Or maybe nine...?) I watched people watching the official video of Bohemian Rhapsody like eight times, maybe nine, including one guy who actually tried to break down and analyze the lyrics and figure out how it all made sense. [giggling facepalm] He paused after the first chunk and started talking about how the singer had just killed someone and was talking to his mother (he was watching a live-recorded video, without the intro :P ) and I was sitting here going, "Oh, dude, do not go there!" LOL!
I found a young man who'd grown up exposed to only hip hop, but someone had suggested he watch Bohemian Rhapsody and do a reaction video. His head exploded two or three times, he called out his parents for only playing hip hop when he was a kid and not introducing him to Queen, and he went on to do eighteen more Queen response videos, every one of which I watched. [hides under keyboard] Seriously, he was fun -- his reactions were more analyses, not incredibly technical, but with enough specific commentary and grounded opinion to make them interesting to listen to.
And just, watching people who've never heard Queen before watching for the first time (especially Bohemian Rhapsody, but a few other songs too) and going all O_O and then rocking out on it? That'll (unfortunately) never get old. :D It's like, introducing your favorite music to someone who's never heard it, and getting to enjoy both the music and their joyful reaction to it, which is massively awesome and fun.
So yeah, that's what I spent the morning and most of the afternoon doing. Thanks, Lyn. [wry smile]
Angie, who was finally able to break away and is going to do her best to forget that response videos exist because otherwise she'll get nothing else done for the rest of the year