On Music: The End (?) of Major Label Rule

The 1970s; a time where people had lasting attachments to the music they listened to. Where conscious decisions were made to buy an album out of the thousands available. Where your record collection actually reflected your taste in music. Albums were investments, if you bought something that wasn’t immediately enjoyable, you listened to it enough times so it became enjoyable. Albums were with you for years, and the ones you loved the most were the most beat up, the most scratched. You know the exact lyric that scratch on your favorite LP obscures. If it wasn’t your copy, it just […]

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Nostalgic Listening, and The Process of Association

Whenever you listen to music you are playing a game of association. Constantly. Listen to Pulp, relive an experience, listen to Talk Talk, relive another. A specific key or tone might elicit an emotional response whenever you hear it. Perhaps on first listen, you enjoyed the music for the sake of the music, but associations are bound to happen, irregardless. If you view an album as your favorite due to nostalgic reasons – memories – is it possible to see beyond the memory to the music? Can you obscure your perception of the album to the point where it is […]

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