Raised in a considerably boring mid sized town in Idaho, I have developed over the years a passion for music. Living there I didn't have many choices for that particular passion, but somehow because of the past awesomeness of MTV and a strong radio signal from a college rock station out of Utah State I was able to cultivate it. This period of time was way before the plethora of information gathering systems we now enjoy. There was no Napster, Itunes, Pitchfork, or hell even an internet. If you wanted really good music you had to work to find it.
Now it is easy, well too easy. The average listener isn't band or even album oriented, but rather a song of the moment. Listeners have become jaded and distracted. On the positive side many creative people that did not have access to the tools of getting the art out there have the opportunity to do so. While it is difficult to reinvent the wheel, it is now easier to make a much better one.
I now live in Oakland Ca which is a far less hermetic environment than the place I grew up. I have the privilege of living around a bustle of creativity and I don't have to work so hard to find great music. It is easier to separate the wheat from the chaff.
My goal is to stop being so lazy and actually inspire the other current young music listener out there from some mid sized town to seek out a band to be passionate about. That person will write about that band and maybe feel inspired enough to write music as well. It is the gift that keeps giving as I am now learning.
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