I was helping my daughter set up her Ipod touch. The more we got into the process, the more we were amazed (those of you who already have an iPhone or iPod touch…excuse us). Click a song, press “genius” and a new playlist appears…let me check out youtube for the video…web for lyrics, iTunes for other music by this artist…”this is cool, let’s post it on Facebook”(from the iPod), her friend replies…”if you like that, check this out”…you get the idea. All this ON her ipod…a unit the size of a cell phone.
I realize how differently I think about listening to music. It was once a physical object on my shelf. I have a wall of CD’s in my home office (probably 700 to 1000…I started collecting CD’s in 1985). I have a shelf full of old vinyl records that my daughter now uses to decorate her room…we have nothing on which to play them). I was the music geek that read the liner notes inside the big album cover. I was a little bumed about CD’s because the jewel case was not as satisfying as the large album cover (go find the vinyl version of Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti, or Pink Floyd’s The Wall for example).
Now, my music is not on a shelf…it’s not a physical entity. I’m sitting at my computer…I have over 6400 songs…1,000 albums by 550 artists on my hard-drive. I can find lyrics, tour schedules, reviews, videos, interviews, causes that inspired the music, art…you get the idea. Music is now a multi-sensory experience. I think about it, visualize it differently.
This was a quick ramble. Check out the video below. Give it a chance, and then let me know your thoughts… The video is not merely about the convenience of technology…it’s about thinking differently. Interact with this post…this is not merely a publication…it’s a conversation!