I come to a lot of music late now. Not because I want to, but because I have to. There’s just so much out there; on average, five or six full-lengths albums drop, per week, and it’s tough listening to everything, especially when you are still trying to enjoy the music you would be listening to naturally (i.e. your favorites). Never before has this much content been available at once.

And yet, I can’t say it’s a bad thing. I do not want to go back to the way it was, when albums dropped infrequently, and you’d have to wait two, three — heck, in the case of some artists, like Guns N’ Roses, almost twenty— years for new records to come out. Nobody should have to wait that long for new material; the competition is good, it makes the artists work.

That’s the other thing — how many concerts there are. Every artist is on tour now. Every artist. If you can think of an artist, google them, I guarantee they are on tour right now. Artists are touring now year-round; the days of musicians sitting on their ass getting rich off of CD sales are completely over. Again, another good thing for the fans. Not only can you see your favorite artists, but you know they are out there working, not off resting on an island somewhere.

Is there some magic lost in this, yeah. You drop two or three albums in a nine month span, you’re definitely taking some of the special sauce and overdoing it a bit. Good music should be like a good meal at a good restaurant — you want to go there just often enough that it remains special. Eat there every day, it’s not special anymore. Are some artists overdoing it, probably — and that’s why I say, you have to come to things late now; it takes years to catch up to things that, previously, you’d have seen coming from a mile away.

There’s just so much music and it’s a lot to glom onto.

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