My wife and I were in the car, listening to the Spotify playlist I put together from my last NoCamo post. As we drove along, I marveled aloud about the difference between finding new music today as opposed to, say, 30 years ago. For instance, the other day I read a blog post from my RSS reader on my laptop, found the songs mentioned on Spotify on my phone, and started listening to them a few minutes after that. A few decades ago, I might have read a magazine or newspaper review of a new record or cassette release, made a trip to the record store, searched through the racks of recordings, found the album in question (if it was in stock), bought the entire album, and listened to it when I was near the appropriate hi-fi device.
Big difference, right?
But Jamy had a good point. She remarked that there are those that would not mind that process, because they enjoy the hunt. The thrill of the find.
Hadn’t thought of that.
But that still exists, doesn’t it?
The reason it is so difficult to find good music today is because it is SO accessible, available, and easy to produce. Anybody with a decent laptop can put out CD quality music, with or without the skill to pull it off. So the hunt still takes place… to find GOOD music among the noise.
That’s why I really enjoy Spotify (and I’m not getting paid to say so). The social aspect of the service is crucial. I can see playlists from my friends who choose to share them, and find new music along the way. As I find new material, I’m going to make more of an effort to share my playlists (I don’t share everything, but I’ll be intentional with songs I think will uplift NoCamo).
Have any new music that is lifting your spirits lately? Share in the comments. Thanks!