Because 1) I haven't posted excerpts from Carrie's blog in a few days, and 2) that's not exactly true, she's the one who gave me the idea for the Starbuck Speaks post, and 3) I've been uninspired of late, I will now once again quote from Carrie Brownstein's must-read blog. This time she's talking about our relationship to music. My only addition to her comments, beyond noting that I am right with her, is that the kind of intimate connection she discusses, the "love affair with a band," last happened to me with the band Carrie was in. So it's odd to find that when she's off stage, she's not much different than us fans, which is to say, she is a fan as well.
I went through my iTunes library and realized that I had increased the amount of music I "own" in 2007, by at least a couple hundred songs. But few of the songs amounted to albums; most were a collection of random singles, free downloads, or the supposed three or four best tracks off someone's full-length effort. And I put "own" in quotes because although music is more free and accessible than ever, it is also more disposable; it's easier to let go of. Thus, we've become dabblers. The songs that I have recently acquired don't really add up to anything more than a 10 day long mix tape with little thematic cohesion and only a shallow survey of the artists' work. I have shifted from collecting to compiling....
[M]aybe this is why I feel like I didn't collect any music in 2007. My vinyl is a collection, and a collection feels permanent. Though a digital music library will outlast the vinyl records, and will likely outlast us all, the digital is not tactile. Recorded music, at least in the digital form, engages with fewer of our senses, and that certainly has changed the way I experience it.
In reality, maybe I listened to and consumed more music than ever this past year. But it is strange that I didn't even notice.
(I realize it seems like I'm pimping for her blog all the time ... I suppose I am. But it's really good, not just for people like me jonesing for anything from Carrie, but for anyone who'd like to spend a few minutes several times a week with a smart, witty writer with broad interests. I wouldn't have thought of it in advance, but she's a perfect fit for NPR.)