I am terrible at discovering new artists. And yes, I know that probably makes no sense within the context of the Daily Hart. “Um, Laura, aren’t you discovering new artists every day for a year?” I am, and that was precisely the point of that rule. I know myself, and I am nothing if not a creature of habit. Especially when it comes to music. If I find a song or an artist that I like, I will listen to them ad nauseam instead of discovering other similarly wonderful artists. That’s why I decided that for the Daily Hart challenge, all artists had to be new to me. I wanted to push myself to experience new voices and talents. And honestly, it’s been hard sometimes. It’s 2020, and sometimes you just want comfort food, in whatever form that might take.
But so far I’ve kept to my self imposed rules, and it’s also been wonderful. Today’s helping is singer-songwriter Lucy Dacus, and her first single I Don’t Want to be Funny Anymore. I listened to this song yesterday, and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head since then. It’s fun, catchy, and exactly the kind of music that I love. And I never would have discovered it if I hadn’t forced myself to deliberately seek out new artists. When I really think about it, it’s almost absurd that I don’t do this more often. The breadth of talent in the music scene alone is astonishing, and I should be taking advantage of that. Hopefully, this drive to discover new works will continue past the end of this challenge.
In the meantime, I’m going to be singing along with Lucy Dacus for the foreseeable future, because I honestly can’t get this song out of my head. And I couldn’t be happier about that.
Suggestions for artists I should check out? Please contact me with your ideas. I hope you enjoyed your daily helping of art!