Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Format Spotlight: Vinyl
That's right, ladies and gentlemen. Vinyl records are coming back. In some form or another, anyway. A lot of people wanna wonder why the music industry is going to shit. Some blame poor CD sales, some people wanna say pop music is ruining everything. Justin Bieber this. Lady Gaga that. No, the answer is actually quite simple. It's lack of passion. Not to say that musical artists are not passionate about the music they create, it's about the listeners lack of passion in wanting to hear it. The solution: A vinyl record. Now days if you want a new song, all you have to do is hit up your favorite music provider, or get one of your friends to rip you a copy of an album. The greatest downfall we were ever given was the ability to choose. I think options ruined everything. When an artist releases an album, he creates a full dynamic of sounds and melodies they want you to enjoy beginning to end. A product musicians are usually very proud of, but that's not the case anymore. There have always been songs fans have preferred over others on albums, but because of this artists know they only have to work really hard on 1 or 2 songs, because that's about how many hits they're gonna have off an album. When Rush released 2112 on vinyl on it's original release date, people didn't get to fast forward or skip songs they didn't like, or at least didn't usually do it. The simplicity in just being able to press a button, and skip to the next had ruined a lot of things for people. They don't enjoy albums anymore, they just wanna hear their favorite tracks, and then jump to a new CD. I know music will never be what it used to, because times do in fact change, but try listening to a vinyl copy of your favorite album, and I promise you'll hear a pure, raw passion that you never felt before. If you want to at least give respect back to the music industry, try giving passion back to the listeners.