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Friday 5 for September 22: I Don’t Get It Either

From here.

  1. Twitch is an enormously popular livestreaming platform mostly for watching people play video games. It has more than 1.5 million broadcasters and more than one million visitors per month, and Amazon acquired it for nearly a billion dollars in 2014. Which of your computer activities would you livestream if there were a way to make some money doing it?
    I think it would be funny to broadcast myself editing my iTunes data. Making sure the tunes have the right titles and are punctuated correctly; classifying everything by a genre that makes the most sense and is the most useful to me; finding album cover art that’s a good size and replicates with some fidelity what the original cover looks like. Checking if tracks scrobble correctly on Last.FM. That kind of thing.
  2. EDM (electronic dance music) is usually performed by DJs on stage in front of audiences, playing tracks they’ve mixed, right off their laptops. If you were a push-button DJ playing your tunes in a club, what would be your opening and closing songs, assuming everyone’s there because they’re into whatever sounds you’re into?
    For an opener you need something familiar and bouncy, so I think something like Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle” would work, or for an older crowd REO Speedwagon’s “Roll with the Changes.” When I saw Fastball at the end of May, the crowd really responded well to “The Way.” For a closer, maybe Motley Crue’s “Home Sweet Home” or The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army.” I don’t get how these EDM DJs make the boatloads of money they do just for standing on a stage and plugging in their iTunes.
  3. What’s a good Adele song, and why is Adele so popular?
    I can’t think of one, although I did hear a musicologist’s breakdown of “Someone Like You” (is that what it’s called?) on NPR, and he said that little voice-break she does on the “…SOMEONE LIKE YOUUUUUUUUuuUUUU” lyric (it’s a slight quaver in the middle of “you”) has a technical name, and it’s that single element right there that makes everyone cry when they hear it, as mocked good-naturedly in an SNL sketch. Now when I hear people cover it, I listen for that quaver (I wish I knew what the term was) because I can’t decide if I want to hear it in cover performances or not. Oh, and this podcast I listen to plays parody songs with lyrics relevant to something that happened in a recent show, and after Jordan Spieth won one of the major PGA tourneys a couple of years ago, someone sent in a song called “Balding Jordan Spieth” to the tune of “Rolling in the Deep” and it was utterly hilarious. So now when I hear “Rolling in the Deep” I have to sing “Balding Jordan Spieth” and it cracks me up. Did I answer the question?
  4. The Walking Dead?
    To be fair, I’ve never watched it. So is it fair to say I don’t get its popularity when I haven’t myself seen a single minute? I just don’t find zombie stuff interesting anymore, and wonder why everyone else still does.
  5. Every generation seems to arrive at a “They don’t write ’em like that anymore” attitude. Why does it seem like most middle-aged people lose interest in new music?
    I’ve been trying to figure this out for ages. We all heard old people say this when we were young, and didn’t many of us swear that we would never be like that? I so often hear people around my age say that nothing being recorded nowadays is any good, and I know for certain this just isn’t true. There’s so muich music out there, and nowadays there’s very little keeping us from hearing what we seek. How can people just say that nothing’s being produced now that’s as good as whatever they listened to in their youth? It’s insanity, and I admit I judge people who feel this way. Maybe EDM doesn’t turn you on (it doesn’t turn me on), but that’s not all there is out there. Whatever you’re into, isn’t there someone out there making it? There has to be.

4 Comments

  1. To Kimberly: My scrobbles – https://www.last.fm/user/macpro
    Definition of scrobbling (from Last FM): https://www.last.fm/about/trackmymusic
    Not everything I listen to scrobbles. re: vinyl records, CDs, FM & AM radio.

    Scrivener: I think of my parents who at some times just clung to their old fuddy duddy music (pre rock n roll) but on other occasions liked “new” music that I listened to. My Dad hated The Beatles, but he liked Elvis. Even CCR when he was watching part of a TV concert with me. His music style that he loved the most was big band jazz, vocal groups like The Ink Spots. But then again, he also liked some music by ABBA. Dad was born in 1927. Mom was a bit more adventurous though she skewed mostly toward country and Hawaiian music. The nice thing about traditional Hawaiian music is that a lot of it is remade by younger artists. You know that. My grandmother who was born in 1901 liked Lawrence Welk, The Lennon Sisters, Hawaiian music, The Carpenters, Partridge Family and The Osmonds… so I guess in my family the old fuddy duddies were bold enough to listen to something new on occasion at least. Grandma also liked Wrestling. Heh.

  2. I’m a firm believer in the fact that people insist that there’s zero good music aren’t looking in the right places. Sure, maybe someone doesn’t like what’s getting radio play, but there’s a lot more music out there than that.

    That said, I do have a theory as to why people have that “no good music anymore” attitude. Stay tuned.

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