I spent my afternoon looking for new music on Spotify. I love being able to scan, listen and cue such a variety of amazing artists. Unfortunately, just like blogs, many songs get lost in the milieu and mediocrity. When I think about it, that is often a good thing as so much drivel is out there. It does make it more of a challenge to find the good stuff, that undiscovered band (or writer…) who carries you through for another day.
Master of Choice
The beauty of technology, something I think anyone reading this must also like, is that we are masters of our own choice. It has been discussed more intensely since Napster was deployed. In the day (you know, back in the 80s) when I got an album I would transfer the songs I liked to tape, even recorded songs from the radio, and then plug and play it on my Walkman. I even packed and carried tapes in one of those black canvas punk rocker bags. When I graduated to CDs, but still had a tape deck in the car, I kept filtering out what I liked and cutting the rest. Oh, and I never owned an 8-track.
I bought my IPod in Vegas as a 40th birthday gift to myself. It was thrilling to have even more freedom to pick and choose the music I already loved and owned. I spent days and days transferring all my CDs to iTunes, and then when I discovered BearShare I went on a hunt for all those songs I never got round to buying. I still have my iPod plugged into the Blu-Ray at home, but I stopped carrying it when I got my ever-so-smart phone and started paying for mobile Spotify.
Renting the Future
Now I just rent music. I can borrow and browse music and maintain my playlists. But two things are happening: my attention span gets shorter and my need for new material is sharper and more demanding every day.
And I know that writing is even more fleeting than music. Music is more likely to be played again in the future, to turn up during a dinner party, on the radio, as movie music. Writing does endure but it requires a lot more attention, a lot more cultivation than other artistic mediums that are instantaneous.
The corporations have caught on. Both my home internet and mobile phone services automatically sent me text messages telling me that I have almost used up my monthly allocation of bandwidth. My rental period starts again tomorrow. I am in fact, renting this space, where my own material lies. And this is the future of writing it seems. With self publishing and Kindles and all the other unknown mediums.
Watching and Waiting
Artists of every ilk need to pay attention to the trends in the music industry, as well as the trends of the listener, or in our case, readers. I think that musicians cut a fine example of perseverance. If you read the bios of many, most, of the bands, they have been at it for years, decades, touring across the country, playing to piss angry drunk crowds, and often to the wrong crowds at weddings…They collaborate willingly with others and experiment with other genres to gain experience and evolve.
Fake Follow Me and I Will Fake Follow You
A lot of blogging energy seems to be spent counting followers, adding up clicks, and analyzing the likes, some of which are false clicks.
All those fake readers who don’t spend a second looking at our content, just playing the fake follow game to increase their clicks. If you are one of them I don’t want you as a follower. Oh yeah, you never got this far down the page…
Cue and Shuffle
My goal as a writer is to improve, grow, collaborate, and merge like all those musicians who make it into my queue and shuffle list.
I like artists who severely persevere. I want to be one of them. I am going to be persevering severely. I am proud of what some of us have to offer (for free) to the world.
I am just not sure what to do next.