of my favorite things to do in my free time is hunt for new music. In the past, you had to get in your car and go to a store to get any new music you wanted or perhaps borrow a CD from a friend. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love that search for a gem of a record, CD or even cassette tape (I have a 1993 Saturn, cassette player included. It’s a true car of the future). That is probably why I love thrift stores and the like as well, but enough about that.
Today, finding music is as easy as typing in a band name or song title into the search engine of your choice. Another source of discovery for me has been blogs. Sites like The Hype Machine and Last.fm are great sources for finding blogs that match your musical interest and are websites that I frequent quite often. It is very interesting to see all the different types of blogs out there that focus on music and sharing it with other people.
A downside that I see to this type of sharing music is that it takes away from the experience of enjoying a new song or new band with someone in person. It is nice that people can leave comments and share their opinions about blog posts, but it is not the same as talking together as you are hearing it. With that said, nothing beats the convenience and wide range of music that is available at your fingertips anytime you want.