(I spent a few minutes searching for anything that talked about this or studied it and came up empty handed.)
Lately I haven't been able to get into music the way that I did when I was younger. I used to appreciate it and jam to it so much more than now days. Now I find it tough to get through an entire album without heading to another, finding an artist based radio station or putting on a mix. As I've been trying to figure out the cause of the change, I've come up with a few possibilities.
Maybe my taste in music has changed. While it has broadened, this doesn't seem to be the case. I've been trying to find new artists to listen to and, in most cases, I have the same music ADD.
Maybe they just don't make music as good as they used to. No, that can't be it either. Good music is still coming out, and no, I'm not talking about the stuff they play on pop radio (though some of it can be good.) Not being able to get into the stuff I once loved kind of disproves this theory.
The theory that makes the most sense to me is buying music, or perhaps anything, provides a deeper connection. In high school, I bought around one CD per week. I loved music. I was able to listen and enjoy it more than I do now. It connected with me more deeply than it does now.
I currently subscribe to Spotify, a monthly subscription, on-demand music streaming service. It costs me the price of one CD per month.
You might be thinking, "Don't go arguing for higher prices from Spotify, leave my low price alone." Well, I have a few things to say to that...
I'm just one guy assessing my lessened love for music. And second, I'm not arguing that if Spotify raised their price that I'd like music more.
My conclusion is when I bought and owned the music, during my high school days, I appreciated it more. I worked for the money and earned that CD each week (I still work for money but I’ve stopped buying albums). I also had a smaller library of music to listen from compared to now. The Spotify library is expansive and that makes it even easier to song hop and stay on the constant hunt for the perfect album.
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