Ann Arbor, Michigan
It wasn’t your typical February weekend in Chicago for us.
For one, it was just an overnight trip – to see Hamilton, a birthday gift for my wife. Fantastic show, as anyone who goes will tell you.
For two, it was a spring-weather weekend, perfect for wandering around the Loop before we hit the theatre.
So Hard to Get Along – Ann Arbor, Michigan
Lately, I feel like I’m exploring more and more musical acts, especially in progressive rock and metal. So many musical discoveries have come from a combination of Spotify, YouTube, Amazon, and following the bands I love. I feel like I’m awash in music, and it brings me a lot of joy.
Don’t get me wrong: I still purchase my music, usually in physical form. I give myself a monthly musical budget, and I’m not afraid to spend that money.
But music discovery? Spotify makes this so easy.
The steps go something like this:
- Listen to a band I enjoy
- Look at the “Related Artist” tab on Spotify and poke around
- Check out YouTube to see if the artist has any music videos (remember those?)
- Head to Amazon to see what reviewers say about their albums
- Put an album in my Amazon wish list to reference later
- Purchase the album
I don’t do like the kids do these days and use Spotify (or Apple Music, or any other streaming service) for all my music needs. But I do find that it’s perfect for experimenting, and for checking out albums that I’ve always wanted to hear before I buy.
(And thank goodness for YouTube. If an artist is not on Spotify, chances are someone has ripped and uploaded their album to YouTube.)
For those bands that have been on the periphery of my musical tastes, digital music venues offer me a free sample. It costs nothing, except a potential album purchase down the road.
I haven’t been this excited about music since around the time I was in college, when so much good stuff was coming my way from friends in school and college radio. Today, the material is almost overwhelming, because now the entirety of rock and roll’s catalog is at my fingertips. A lot of these newly-discovered artists have quickly become some of my favorites. That’s a fun feeling.
Supporting my favorite artists with actual money is so important. Thanks to these streaming services, I can find more favorite artists to support.
(Follow along on Spotify if you’re interested in what I listen to!)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Lou Mitchell’s – Chicago, Illinois
Good morning, Chicago.
Took a tour of the Detroit Institute for Arts and the Bike Hub a few weeks back. It was a chance to explore a part of Detroit I had never seen before.
Cloudy and gray, so black and white it is.