I’ve been taking a closer look at my last.fm statistics, and it’s been interesting watching the trends evolve. Most notably, there is definitely evidence of my trending away from a smooth jazz/newage/Weather Channel phase back to a more mainstream hard rock selection of music again.
The new last.fm does a much better job of giving you breakdowns over different periods of time; thus, one can gain a much better perspective on the progression of one’s listening habits. A prime example is my “overall” list — while I indeed have listened to Ryan Farish and Trammell Starks over a combined 13,000 times in nearly three years, it’s also worth noting that a majority of those listens happened in the period before the last year. In the last 12 months, I’ve listened to Trammell Starks a measly 798 times. Contrast that with nearly 1900 plays for Journey (Ryan Farish is still the tops in the past year with 2,557 plays), and you’ll start to see a shift emerge. The Journey kick came roughly after a friend’s birthday last year where I heard a lot of Journey and decided to go and get a ton of their back catalog. This was a turning point where the jazz started to fade, and I began to get back into more of a rock vein.
Breaking down into the six-and-three-month graphs further bears this trend out. In fact, in the last six months, the evidence suggests Tantric is now my favorite band, as they’ve been played at least 1,012 times (likely more now, too). Ryan Farish comes in second at 793 plays, followed by Fuel and Journey at 576 and 530 plays, respectively. Fuel’s incursion is interesting, too, as it coincides with a period where the “Angels and Devils” album grew on me quite suddenly (and you know, I’m not sure why that happened).
The three-month graph is the most interesting, as it shows Enigma breaking into the top charts in 8th place based on the strength of four songs: “Why”, “Gravity of Love”, “Sadeness (Pt. 1)”, and “Silence Must Be Heard” — I’m sure it’d be more if I got off my butt and grabbed “Return to Innocence.” Of these 201 plays in the last three months, 91 of the plays are “Gravity of Love” and 89 of them are “Why?” — both the top tracks in the last three months, too.
The numbers surprise me in a few other places, too: I at least think I listen to a lot of Days of the New, but the numbers don’t bear it out. According to the charts, I’ve listened to Days only 202 times in the last three months. (Yes, this is even with iPod scrobbling!) I’m also surprised at how much Ryan Farish I seem to listen to, because I don’t really think I listen to him as much as I used to.
It’s also interesting how much of a resurgence Extreme and Metallica have made in my life in recent weeks. In some respects, I’m returning to a similar pattern of music that I had in my later high school years; this past week, I played Extreme nearly 100 times. It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to say that. I’m not sure really what to chalk that up to; it could be anticipation of their new album due in a couple weeks, but there are other factors that it could be as well.
I could really start to read into my musical choices on a week-by-week basis, but I’ll spare you the details…for now. It’s fun to take a look, though — imagine what kind of field day I would have had in high school had I had empirical data on everything I listened to?