The rain is pouring outside, inside I have The Killers’ Hot Fuss playing on the turntable. I am sitting in my wood bench receiving the light that comes from the huge windows behind me thinking: why the hell did humanity stop listening to these works of art?
You probably have hundreds, maybe thousands of songs scattered through you smartphone, computer, or on some cloud. But when was the last time you really listened to a full album? Sides one and two.
I grew up having this habit. I would buy an LP (long play), sit down, and listen to track by track almost tripping with the story the artist was telling. With the arrival of CDs (compact disk) things started to change. I would still listen to all of the songs but it was much easier to put my favorite on repeat for hours. That’s when the mp3 came along and changed once and for all the way we consume music.
You didn’t need to go to a record store, didn’t need the salesman’s opinion, didn’t find yourself unable to get an album and just searching for another one, didn’t need to open the package, to borrow, to change sides… You only needed to make a few clicks and burn your own CD.
What a tragedy! We have all become one hit wonders. We still have our favorite artists, and probably some full albums, but we don’t give a chance for new musicians to really show their work. We are browsing the singles, the ones chosen for global domination. We have been dominated.
Please, do me a favor! Just buy an album by your favorite band, in any media you want. Chose one that you don’t really know, that one that didn’t get to the charts. Bought it? Now just sit in you favorite spot and listen. Track by track, rediscover your favorite songs and let’s change the world!