There are 3 bands, in particular, that I remember listening to and wanting to like them, but at the beginning I didn't completely get it. These 3 bands today are my favorite bands but it took a little effort to get to know them.
Those bands are: Phish, Radiohead, and Wilco.
I didn't really fully *get* any of these bands at first. I will never forget the first 5 times I listened to A Live One, Ok Computer, and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. I will never forget it because in each instance I was driving around Central Texas thinking "WTF is this shit? I know ______ likes this, but this is just weird."
Somewhere after about 5 listens, there was a change. I remember the instant I finally got into the guitar riff in Paranoid Android and was yelling gibberish along with Thom. I remember finally appreciating the "nirvana" secion of YEM. I remember finally loving the delicate beauty and chaos in the songs on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. It took a few listens, but something finally *clicked* and I became a fan.
Up until now, I have never really cared much for the Chicago Prog-Rock-Metal-Jam-band Umphrey's McGee. They never seemed to *click* with me. There were other bands to see and like. Umphrey's didn't get me right away. I was surrounded by friends who thought they sucked so I never made an effort to get into them.
This has changed recently.
Over the past few months several of my friends I met through Phish and Jam Cruise talked about how much they love Umphrey's. When I see some of my friends enjoying something musically, well I want to get in on that action too. I let my new friends know that I wanted to like Umphrey's, but didnt know where to start. I got some help.
I got a couple of "good" Umphrey's live shows and listened a few times. I went to the Saturday Denver Fillmore show with other friends that liked them. Before the show I was hopeful and open-minded, but I still wasn't sold. The first set was good, but I wasn't yet a fan. In the second set - somewhere in the crazy Wappy Sprayberry> Miss Tinkles Overture - I found myself dancing and fist pumping and yelling with the guitar peaks. I *got* it. Finally.
Now I'm not saying that Umphrey's is as good as Wilco, Radiohead or Phish. That is for a different time. Im just talking about myself and how I realized this weekend sometimes certain bands and styles of music have grown on me and taken some effort to get into.
Maybe you like Phish, Radiohead, Wilco, Umphrey's...maybe not. They are all good bands to like- they challenge the listener in different ways and are good to the fans. I guess you could say I love these bands...Well I don't yet love Umphrey's the way some of my friends do or the way I love Phish, but I had a great time on Saturday.
I'm using the word love for a reason. I've found myself pondering the reasons we talk about love and music. Both can catch you off guard in an instant. Other times we wait for years until the timing is right. In both cases my experience has been the affairs I put the most effort into are the ones that are the most fulfulling.