People tell me all the time about the latest work of art that's satiating their senses. Have you seen this new show!? Read this book? Watched this movie? Heard this song? We spend copious amounts of time engaged in entertainment, all forms of art - narratives, critiques, and ideas about the human experience. People place a lot of emphasis on these creations that fill their lives.
Sometimes when people find out I’m a musician they withdraw their desire to share their music tastes with me. But I love when people share whatever they’re passionate about. It’s part of what makes us human. I’m not judging. I enjoy weird art as much as you do. What kind of music do I listen to? Good music. And that comes from all types of music. Any music that makes me feel or makes me think. And I write with the same approach. I believe any art that’s delivered from the heart or with purpose has the potential to reach others and create an impact on their lives.
Music was never any more valuable than it is now. But it may have been more thoroughly explored. What was the last album, yes ‘album’, you listened to from start to finish, on repeat, all night long? Much of today’s listening experience enables listeners to explore all kinds of music on endless playlists of songs that are automatically organized or curated to certain tastes. All it takes is a cheap streaming subscription for endless hours of new content, but it tends to keep us on the surface unless we remember to connect and dive into the song, the album, and the artist.
Before the days of digital downloads and streaming, our relationships with our music were incredible. Back then, for the average consumer, quality over quantity in the listening experience was forced upon us. We spent time carefully choosing music, because of its associated cost, that we really wanted to get to know and we listened over and over again. An endless quantity wasn’t an option and maybe it wouldn’t be today had music followed the path of inflation. Imagine a song still cost more than a bottle of Coke? Today, the game has changed, the listening experience by quality versus quantity is a choice, and both are valuable and rewarding.
To better provide an in-depth music experience for you I’ve joined a distribution platform called Patreon that allows me to share more of my music with those who like it, while enabling me to continue creating it. Patreon is a community experience that allows my subscribers to interact, provide ideas and comments, and receive music rewards appropriate to their subscription. The Patreon project allows me to work towards goals like commercial album releases and music videos for public release while generating a consistent income and providing my patrons with exclusive content that the public won’t see. (There's also a surprise project you may not have heard about yet.) As an artist, everyday I’m sharpening my skills and honing my craft so I can create meaningful music for you. If you see value in my art, subscribe to my project on Patreon and share the link with your friends, so they can be a part of it too. I believe the key to a fulfilling listening experience is a balance between exploration and in-depth listening. The value of art isn’t complicated. We thrive on it, but sometimes we forget to dive beneath the surface, to truly experience it.