I had a couple years where I wasn’t listening to as much music as I’d have probably liked to. It’s weird, admitting that, seeing as how I write about music and have nominally worked in and around the record business for my entire adult life. But, I don’t know, I guess I turned a certain age and life turned into something else; my interests broadened, I suppose, and with that, what I wanted to spend my time on. It wasn’t that I wasn’t listening, but I wasn’t doing that kind of deep listening, really paying attention. The music was on, it was just on in the background.

For a while, I felt guilty about this, seeing as how I worked in music and new music…