I know people say it all the time, but I truely believe that Spotify has revolutionized the way people listen to music in this time and age.
No where else can you go and sample music without purchasing the track. I know it’s not brilliant for the artists but then those who will buy the albums still will on iTunes or in physical format and so on.
For me it has opened up doorways and allowed me to discover more than I could possibly have ever done by listening to a radio station or at live shows.
At school I got recommendations from friends, and I would then go and torrent those tracks. At least with Spotify I can do it legally! And I am one of those people who will go and buy the album to support the artist if I want the whole thing.
Yeah this is a late post, I’ve been a little busy with other projects recently. Which is also a reason why I’ve decided to focus my efforts elsewhere. I’ll still be involved with music over at Club 85 and Rhythms of the World.
I am not going to stop working with music, but this has given me a chance to relax, take a step back, and support other ventures.
In the future I may bring it back, but like all good things, some things are best laid to rest.
The majority of people I speak to don’t know who Alexis Korner is, so I thought I would write about him.
He has been christened ‘a founding father of British Blues‘ and The Rolling Stones amongst many, many, others have him to thank for where they are today. Led Zep probably wouldn’t be here weren’t it for him.
He was instrumental in the influence of the British music scene in the 60s, and was a major factor in bringing together various Blues musicians.
I first came across him on a music documentary but have since read his biography (which I highly recommend). I think he’s a class act.
Enjoy this video, where he’s playing with Steve Marriott, and Nick South…
Ale, another of my favourite things, is also excellent in my mind, as it highlights supporting local businesses, local pubs and brewery and I’d much rather support something like that than mass produced beers. Support your local pubs as they need all the support they can get.
Thirdly, the blues, another of my favourite things. A music genre that can be so diverse and complex yet so simple and beautiful.
You don’t have to be a fan of the blues to like blues music. Nearly every rock and roll band will have been influenced by the blues, and many wouldn’t have existed had it not been for Alexis Korner. Full circle.
As a footnote, I don’t agree with Dryanuary – get out there, and drink some real ale, at a real pub, and watch some live music while you’re at it.