Hey guys, It’s Will from We All Want Someone To Shout For. It’s great to be a part of this wonderful collective. I’m beyond thrilled to be working with such an incredible team. I am going to post here every Wednesday (hopefully!). The title of my column is Notes From A Passerby and there’s plenty of meaning hidden in there…I think. Sometimes I just feel lost in this incredibly huge world. There’s so much going on in life, and I often feel like a passerby. So consider this column a way for me to share my thoughts with you. These are thoughts that probably wouldn’t fit as well on my blog. But they’re a perfect fit for the PCC.
What is going on with music? Like, seriously? Remember the days where you would head to a record store with your friends, spend hours parading through the aisle? It seems like it was only yesterday that me and my best friend Chris would look forward to NYC trips just so we could spend all of our money at the Virgin Megastore’s in Times/Union Square. Like many music stores, they no longer exist. It’s a sad fact that really reflects the dim state of the music industry.
Often I find myself disconnected from music. That’s right. I love music, I have a music blog, and all I do is listen to music. Yet, I feel distant from it at the same time. I’m so tired of shuffling through every album like it’s a task. I’m tired of finding bands that I think will change the world, that end up being forgotten in a few months. I want bands that I can love and cherish for years and years and call mine.
Don’t get me wrong, there is a lot, and I mean a lot of great bands making music right now. It’s just there’s so much to digest and it’s hard to separate the truly great stuff from the buzz band stuff. It’s supposed to be my job as a music blogger and a music fan to trust my heart, and find bands that I know will change music as we know it. Some have and some haven’t. I guess all that means is that we’re all human here. Nothing is meant to be easy.
This may be more of a collection of random rants, but there’s something to what I’m saying. We all know that there’s this void in the music industry right now. That’s obvious. Look at the fucking top 40 charts. If you compare it to the 60s 70s or hell, even the 90s, it’s flat out embarrassing.
How many artists are out there that you will listen to in say…30 years? I know of a few, but the answers are not obvious. Everyone has to find their own “great artist”. This is a blessing and a curse.
I guess it’s up to us to find our Beatles. For me that’s Arctic Monkeys. You probably don’t agree with that, and that’s fine. That’s my favorite band, and I’m going to stay by that as long as they keep doing their thing. I guess the industry has changed a lot. There’s no longer one defining artist that is going to define a generation. It’s up to us now. That’s a scary though, but we’ll just have to step up to the plate and accept this challenge.
This is more of a an introduction than a regular post. I don’t have a clear format just yet, but hopefully it will come sooner than later. Every Wednesday afternoon you can find me right here at Paper Crane Collective talking about the world of music. Something is happening to our beloved format, and I want to make sure I continue to enjoy it the same way.
Take a trip down this magical rabbit hole with me. I promise, it will be at least worth a few minutes of your time.
See you next week.