January 27, 2004

Musical Literacy

Jeremy over at antipixel.com posted an interesting take on what it took to be musically literate and whether there are certain areas of music you'd have to be "well listened in", in order to qualify.

I don't consider myself to be an expert in any particular type of music but thanks to my ecletic tastes I have a music collection that tends to yield at least something that mosts visiters to my flat would enjoy listening to.

One way that I've discovered new artists to bring into the world of music as I know it, is to make purchases from record stores knowing nothing about the artist, or at least only what it says on a nearby description of the album. This can of course be disastrous sometimes, but so far it seems to have worked out well for me.

As an example, whilst in a second hand CD shop in Manchester, I bought a lucky dip bag of 40 CDs for a mere 5 pounds. Obviously most of them were absolute tripe (these went straight to the coaster pile of CDs), but two or three were above average and worth holding onto, and one inparticular was an absolute gem of an album. ("The Famous Hour" by Amy Wadge).

I guess the moral of the story is that if you're prepared to experience new types of music, you will be rewarded with music you love. In other words : keep an open ear.

Posted by Andy at 01:17 PM into The Rest
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