Hiya, long time no post. First i got ill then my 18 month old became very unwell and we are currently awaiting an operation for him; so with life being hectic time for the board just didn't happen.
Still continuing my heady love affair with the new album and all things fishy - have even managed to fall for 13th Star which I didn't 'get' for quite a while; and that in itself got me thinking.
As with many of you I suspect whenever a new album came out you sat down and listened many times - sure we each had our own rituals. Listening with lyrics and without, glass of scotch etc
Most of us would have rewound (
now there is an old concept in itself ) a few tracks to listen through again. But in themain you would try and listen all the way through the way the album had been intended by the artist. Knowing that much time and effort had been put into making the album a work in itself and track order had been very carefully considered to take the listener on a complete journey.
Many of the 'instant tracks' or 'singles' provided catchy and light intervals between the meatier often darker tracks that wound and looped - tracks you really had to 'listen' to over and again to absorb the meaning and pick up on the subtle interplay of the instruments and the lyrics.
Very often the tracks that ended up in that special place in your heart were not the instant 'single' ABACAB songs but the ones that you had invested a lot of time and energy in , these were the ones that stayed with you, the ones that made you tut at the stock aitkin and waterman generation. The scripts, the grendels, the perfume rivers of the albums.
Which brings me rather laboriously to the point.
Now that a generation tends to buy their music from iTunes and picks the tracks they want to download , often after just listening to a snippet clip. Will we see the end of musicians and music of this type ?
To be honest I even lamented the loss of LP sized artwork as i felt that was a big part of the whole experience. the idea of losing the whole concept of an 'album' is pretty abhorrent to be honest.
As an artist to just have a few tracks picked and then shoved into a shuffled playlist kind of defeats the whole point (imho alone probably )
great tracks may well go unlistened to or worse still unwritten due to lack of commercial viability
Or maybe I'm just getting old and jaded.
Anyone else had these passing thoughts?