Two sides to an LP.
Although I have been selling a lot of songs via MP3 download lately, physical CD sales still surpass them. For some strange reason, it’s comforting to me to know, some people still prefer the physical aspects of a CD case.
It’s a different era to be for sure.
When I was a kid, cassette tapes and CD’s meant everything to me. You always bought the entire album and you read the jacket from front to back with such desire! And more often than not, the hit song from the band was never their best. It was always the song that wasn’t radio friendly enough that became my favorite.
Music was fashion for a majority of the world! When I lived in Australia (I’m Canadian), I could talk to a local about bands like REM, Oasis or Counting Crows and they knew and loved them as much as I did.
It was cool to be up-to-date on the best bands and have that common connection.
It’s a lot harder to find that today and music seems to carry the same value as a bumper sticker.
The flip side for me is I have always been an independent artist. With the fall of major record companies and the power they possessed over radio and promotion, I am finally getting a chance to expose my music to the entire world!
Internet and MP3 downloads have crushed major music corporations and have set wings on smaller independent bands.
I can now have my songs and pictures next to Counting Crows for free! This makes it a lot tougher for the consumer to weed through all the crap out there, but it offers every musician a fair and fighting chance.
Amazing what has happened in the last 3 years of music.
It’ll be interesting to see where this revolution of the music business will end up in the next 3 to 5 years.
I really have no idea but I do predict it won’t look anything like it does today!