Are you listening?

I’ve spent quite a lot of time lately connecting with people in the indie music world. Yes, it’s a world! And it’s actually pretty amazing how much great people are in it!

One thing that really warmed my old beard was to see how much passionate people there were still. Which is really reassuring because sometimes things look pretty dire, when you realize how music has became such a disposable thing nowadays in the eyes (the ears, really) of the general public.
It’s the thing most download for no money, most share without thoughts, most hear without listening.

But there are people who do care. And people who do listen.

Radio hosts sharing their passion for good music on the air, sparing no expense of their time to discover new music and playing it online, preparing programs where they showcase artists, doing interviews, chatting with everyone, sharing the love. 

Bloggers with a gift for words, crafting cool reviews of their favorite releases, most of the time outside of their day job, trying to get readers interested and to make them care like they do.

People online exchanging links and tweets and videos and music, people trying to find new ways to feature good artists and their work.

I can’t put a list of all of them here. But they will recognize themselves if they read this.
All unsung heroes in a world of apathy and indifference. And they even support my music, what can I say if not thanks?

Me? I do my own music, but I also stand in the camp of the listeners. I spend a lot of time listening to other artists as well, and I’ve discovered a lot of true gems by doing so, and I treasure them, and I try to buy their music when my no budget allows. And I’ve also decided to showcase them on a new page on my website simply called “friends”. Because that’s what they are, really: fellow artists friends who deserve your time and your ears…

So, are you listening?

4 comments

  • Lee Speaks About Music

    Lee Speaks About Music

    Really great blog Patrick and it takes an awful lot for anybody to really pay attention and really listen to such great music these days and for those that do you are right they hardly have a word to say about it or really show any great respect to the artist that made it. We are living in a world were people think all music should be free, and people want to download 1 single track instead if albums worth of material. Even the quality of what they choose to listen to music on these days has been thrown out of the window. Personally I think the internet has killed music and a lot of other peoples business as well. Even my own main shopping centre is not even worth visiting these days. The only thing one can buy more than anything in it is a cup of coffee and a bite to eat. Many of the clothes and record shops no loner exist. The world is really turning into a sad place and the ways things are going there will be no work left for hardly anybody. I am sorry to say.

    Really great blog Patrick and it takes an awful lot for anybody to really pay attention and really listen to such great music these days and for those that do you are right they hardly have a word to say about it or really show any great respect to the artist that made it.

    We are living in a world were people think all music should be free, and people want to download 1 single track instead if albums worth of material. Even the quality of what they choose to listen to music on these days has been thrown out of the window. Personally I think the internet has killed music and a lot of other peoples business as well. Even my own main shopping centre is not even worth visiting these days. The only thing one can buy more than anything in it is a cup of coffee and a bite to eat. Many of the clothes and record shops no loner exist.

    The world is really turning into a sad place and the ways things are going there will be no work left for hardly anybody. I am sorry to say.

  • Ghostly Beard

    Ghostly Beard

    Thanks for your comments and thoughts Lee! I also believe things are turning to shit nowadays, but who knows? With people sharing their passion like you do, and doing a labor of love to help music reach its audience, we can perhaps make the world a better place... I'm trying my best to stay positive and what helps me with this is seeing that many people are still committed and passionate. May the world notice! -Patrick

    Thanks for your comments and thoughts Lee!

    I also believe things are turning to shit nowadays, but who knows?
    With people sharing their passion like you do, and doing a labor of love to help music reach its audience, we can perhaps make the world a better place...

    I'm trying my best to stay positive and what helps me with this is seeing that many people are still committed and passionate.

    May the world notice!
    -Patrick

  • Verity

    Verity UK

    It really IS a world! There is so much amazing indie talent and so many willing to listen and help them, whilet the mainstream is sadly saturated with the same o;d Shiite - we are THRIVING! You wait - there'll be a renaissance soon enough x

    It really IS a world! There is so much amazing indie talent and so many willing to listen and help them, whilet the mainstream is sadly saturated with the same o;d Shiite - we are THRIVING! You wait - there'll be a renaissance soon enough x

  • Ghostly Beard

    Ghostly Beard

    I can't wait Verity! And I have no doubt you will lead the way! Go indies! :)

    I can't wait Verity! And I have no doubt you will lead the way! Go indies! smile

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