A Frugal Music Movement

Imagine.  By the end of this year, I will be well-versed in some pretty influential music that shaped the world we live in today.  It seems that every winter just around this time I get an itch to learn more, do more, and create.  Typically, it manifests itself in the form of art (think oil paintings, charcoal drawings, and craft beer).  This year, however, I’m delving into a world that I should have known about for decades.  I’m delving into some of the musical artists and albums that have shaped our culture.  Why?  Because I think it’s an important piece of our history that should be enjoyed by every generation.

Zero Dollars

Wait a minute.  Is this post really about personal finance and early retirement.  Of course.  After all, this is a ZERO dollar venture.  Mr. MMM and I have all of our 2016 money ducks in a row.  We will fully contribute to retirement accounts and use all of his income towards paying off debt, including our mortgages.  Blah blah blah.  That stuff is set.  Now it’s time to think about what we would like to do to improve our lives outside of the financial realm.

Let’s face it, the most important things in life AREN’T about money.  Money is what we need to feel secure.  Money is what we need to quit our day jobs.  Money is NOT what we need to increase our knowledge and enjoy our lives.  Sure, it helps to have a ton of cash if you’re planning to embark on a European vacation or skiing in Aspen, but, it is not necessary in EVERY facet of our existence.

Knowledge Is Power

Ever since I was a kid I felt like I should know more about the good music and talented musicians that shaped our culture in the later half of the 20th century.  Music is so expressive and has the ability to infiltrate a society, influencing behavior and subsequently, politics.

My school friends were on the road less traveled, listening to the likes of Pink Floyd and Led Zepplin (See!  I even spelled it incorrectly!  That’s how little I know.  *sigh*) and discussing the music fervently, while I was wasting my time on 80s hair bands.  In my defense, it was fun music at the time, and all over pop radio.  It just wasn’t very deep or memorable.  In short, I’m embarrassed to not have given sufficient time to learning more about great artists when I was sitting in my bedroom listening to Nothin’ But A Good Time by Poison over and over.  Ugh.

Pink Floyd

Thank you, Mr. MMM’s Mom!

Since those days, I have really started to appreciate alternative and indie rock.  That is mostly what you’ll hear blasting from the speaker in my home.  But now, I want to know what I should already know.  I want to learn about those great artists.  My journey starts TODAY.  Mr. MMM’s mom gave him her CD collection.  I have 2 CDs ready to play on my way to work today.

A Year-Long Journey

I have decided that this will be a year-long journey.  And, likely longer.  I’m going to delve into the greats:  Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, and on and on and on.  Did I mention this will cost ZERO DOLLARS?  I have discovered that creating self-improvement projects are much more beneficial, enjoyable, and realistic than resolutions.

NOTE:  A few years back, I decided I wanted to learn about and start to enjoy beer.  Mission accomplished!  It took a solid year, or more, but now I can intelligently discuss beer and pick out a good one from a bad one.  I even enjoy visiting different breweries.  It’s a facet of my life that was missing.  It has opened doors to a new world and new conversations.  See Mad Money Cat’s pic at the bottom with a Wilhelm Scream from Magic Hat.  Bottoms up 🙂

Before writing this post, I barely knew that John Lennon wrote Imagine.  Let’s just say, it was a good guess.  By this time next year, I’ll be able to intelligently discuss these various artists and their music.  I’ll even be able to pass along these great cultural achievements to the next generation.

Now, IMAGINE what you can do.

If you have musical suggestions, send them my way!  What do you plan to do to improve your life and awareness this year?  Remember, it doesn’t need to cost you a dollar.

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  • J Jan 22, 2016, 12:57 am

    Hi! Maggie’s blog brought me here and I’m replying on this entry first, because music. I’m so excited for you, that you’re on your journey to discover greatness. Have you seen the movie Almost Famous? If you haven’t, I think that movie is fit for you. I agree with everyone else’s suggestions and I have to add Bob Dylan, too. 🙂

    • Mad Money Monster Jan 22, 2016, 8:21 am

      Yay! Glad you found your way to MMM! I heard of Almost Famous but haven’t seen it. I will put it on my list. I’m always looking for interesting entertainment. A friend of mine also recommened Bob Dylan. He is on the Musical Movement List! Thanks 🙂

  • tenleygwen Jan 14, 2016, 11:13 pm

    Go deep into Queen — Freddie Mercury was such a huge talent and there’s so much more to them than Bohemian Rhapsody & We Will Rock You! Love this plan, can’t wait to read about your journey!

  • Claudia @ Two Cup House Jan 13, 2016, 6:39 pm

    I’m a fan of folk! Give Gordon Lightfoot and Simon & Garfunkel a try. I’d second the Rolling Stones–they put on an amazing concert. 🙂

    I’ve been thinking about my own self-improvement project this year, and I think I’ve settled on making meditation a daily habit.

    • Mad Money Monster Jan 14, 2016, 4:01 pm

      Ooh! Good ones. I’ll add them to the list! Meditation sounds like an excellent self-improvement project. Enjoy and blog on!

  • Kalie @ Pretend to Be Poor Jan 13, 2016, 2:52 pm

    I love the idea of self-improvement project instead of resolutions, as well. This year I’m researching some cultural/historical questions I’ve been wondering for a while. I’ve wanted to get a better grasp of modern music history as well. I was raised by music teachers, but was surrounded more by classical and jazz music, per my parents’ specialties, and missed some of the more pop culture type stuff.

    • Mad Money Monster Jan 14, 2016, 4:00 pm

      I do love engaging in self improvement. I’m excited to learn more about the music that shaped a generation. It sounds like you have a pretty interesting project of your own! I love this PF community! Thanks for stopping in 🙂

  • Matt @ The Resume Gap Jan 13, 2016, 11:34 am

    Wow, what a fun journey on which to embark! Listening to Dark Side of the Moon for the first time?? Many people would probably call that a life-changing moment.

    I love the idea of working on expanding your knowledge and tastes in music, food, art, etc. And all for free!

    In that 60s-70s classic rock era, I would add The Beatles (beyond just Lennon), The Band, Santana, The Rolling Stones, Neil Young, CSNY, Van Morrison, Fleetwood Mac… so many great options!

    I think I’ll put on some Pink Floyd now to enjoy along with you 🙂

    • Mad Money Monster Jan 13, 2016, 12:49 pm

      Thank you so much for the suggestions! I will be adding them to my list. This will definitely take longer than a year. So far I’m loving Dark Side of the Moon. It’s obvious that it was a game-changer for the music world. I’m really enjoying this journey!

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