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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
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From: (Anonymous) Date: September 25th, 2003 07:19 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
OK, that makes sense to me: that we don't actually pay attention to what we buy, because we buy so much and there's always more. I can see that this would lead us to a lesser appreciation of individual works, ones to which we don't give proper attention.

But I think we can still appreciate the totality of music in our lives. Charlie mentioned in an email to me that I grew up in a particular era that impacts on my relationship to downloading music, but one area where I ALWAYS feel even older than my age/era is that I am a constant radio listener. And one of my favorite parts of the digital age is all the radio I get to listen to, sans commercials. There's all those channels on the digital cable teevee, and all the ones on MusicMatch, including channels I create myself. In all of them, as in all radio that I love, I'm not hearing music as individual works of art, but hearing songs as parts of ongoing setlists. Oftentimes I don't even know what song I'm listening to, although digital stuff helps there because the songtitle is usually somewhere on a screen.

Anyway, I get enjoyment wafting over my being, with the special buzz when a song I'm not expecting comes on, but it's true, I don't get obsessively involved with any artist/album. Which may be why I love Sleater-Kinney beyond their apparent worth: they're the band I actually pay attention to.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: May 26th, 2005 02:34 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Funny to read this now, when there's a new album out.
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