The other day, I was talking with my Mom, and was surprised when she said, “You don’t listen to much new music, do you?” My favorite band is the Grateful Dead, and they’re both ‘not new’ and technically, not around any more. Many of the other bands I listen to–KISS, Iron Maiden, Jethro Tull, Fairport Convention, even My Bloody Valentine or Opeth–aren’t exactly new either. I treasure the music that has followed me through my life. But I do, every year or so, find new bands and new singers making new music that I love. The Icelandic ‘post-rock’ ensemble Sigur Ros was one such band that first showed up on my radar a few years ago. The Finnish metal band Moonsorrow is another band that I greatly love whose work I only discovered a few years ago. I don’t keep up with the latest trends in the pop world, as I find much of that motivated by commercial concerns, not artistic ones–but I do listen to music constantly, and am always reading about it and talking about it with friends. I imagine that while I will always carry with me those musicians who have been a part of my life for decades, new artists will always come along to add their notes to my personal tapestry of song.