Thursday, January 31, 2013

What Happened to Music?

In this blog post by Dave Kusek, he shares an infographic about the impact of digital on the music industry and laments that "Music is a much smaller and less significant part of many people’s lives than 10-20 years ago." I have to disagree with that.

Ever since I was a kid I loved music. What kid doesn't, really? Our parents sang us songs and we go to preschool or kindergarten and sing more songs. Music plays a huge part of our lives. There are songs for every big moment or milestone and songs that make you nostalgic, wishing for the good ole days... For me, that song is "If You Leave" by OMD, which was featured in the movie, Pretty In Pink.


While music is more digital these days and you will probably see less people playing musical instruments and creating physical music, (music programs back in schools, please!) the music industry is not shrinking. In fact, it may be expanding even more now because musicians have so many resources at their fingertips literally to share and produce their music. People have much easier access to music, whether it's on their mp3 players, smart phones, or computers through apps like Spotify or Pandora. I remember having to sit around listening to the radio all day waiting for my favorite song to be played so I could record it on my tape player! Every once in awhile my mom would buy a record or tape for me, but that was rare.

Yes, music was a big part of my life 20 years ago, but it still is in 2013. Granted, I don't turn on the radio as much as I used to, but a day doesn't go by that I don't listen to music. Music energizes me and helps get the creative juices flowing!

“People haven't always been there for me but music always has.” ― Taylor Swift