Balancing Act

As this is ostensibly a blog about three related subjects (“music, culture and network technologies”), I think that at this point, almost three weeks in, an informal review of the proceedings thus far is in order to ensure I’m covering all three spaces evenly.

Looking back, I think I’ve kept reasonably abreast of industry movements, with posts about new service offerings, legal disputes, and other monetizable detritus making up well over half of my posting activities. I’ve also put good effort into discussing social trends that are shaping up around the changing technological landscape. And with the “zine to blog” series (and other series I’m sketching out), I’ve started talking about North American culture in way that will eventually have some scholarly value, hopefully.

I’ve talked about how people act in relation to music, I’ve talked about how people try to monetize music, and I’ve talked about how people try to build technologies for music’s production, dissemination, and reception. These are all things I originally set out to do, and which I intend to continue.

What I haven’t talked about yet is music. But I’m going to. There’s just too much to say. Just this morning, I’ve been through a series of riveting daydreams with my iTunes on random play – daydreams inspired by the impenetrably sincere nobility of Nat King Cole, the lush whimsy of Kahimi Kare, the frail, fey passion of Christian Death, Mulatu Astatke’s brash sensuousness, David Carretta’s bleepity half-ironies, Sigur Ros’ wall of oomph, Lionel Hampton’s playful genius, and the pathos of the failed, unintended class war scrawled into the subtext of The Replacements’ “Bastards of Young”.

I’m going to try and do a post each week on a particular artist, album, or song. My prior work in web traffic analysis leads me to believe that people want to read about this kind of stuff moreso on weekends, so expect such posts accordingly. Probably each Saturday.

And no, I’m not fishin’ for compliments. There just aren’t any interesting gadgets or iPod faceplates to tell you about today.

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