It’s actually been several years since I’ve attempted a resolution; like a normal human being, I tend to set myself up for failure with them. Promises to go to the gym three times a week have gone to the wayside by mid-February, plans to eat salad for the rest of my life usually end up discarded sooner than that.
Then I thought – New Year’s resolutions are for personal growth, but I wasn’t excited about the promises I was making to myself.
I wasn’t going to make a resolution this year, until a few weeks ago when I decided to go out to see a band I’d never heard of before in my life, Angela Perley & The Howlin' Moons, a rock/Americana band from Ohio. I enjoyed the show so much, but kept asking myself, ‘Why don’t I do this more often?’
Like anyone, I’m subject to becoming a creature of habit. I find a couple of local bands I like, I’ll occasionally see them throughout the year, but I almost never try anything new. That, my friends, is what I’m going to change with my resolution this year.
I’m challenging myself to listen to one or two new-to-me music shows per month. I’m going to try and spread it out across genres. Bonus level: incorporate one theater show for season. As much as I enjoy theater, I also don’t support our local community theaters enough.
In addition to enriching my life with new art, seeing more shows will support local businesses, live music and local talent, the latter of which is bountiful in our area.
And I’m printing it in the newspaper so there are plenty of people to help me keep to my resolution this year.
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