Recently I realized that almost all of my favorite musical discoveries have started with the phrase “Oh, you HAVE to hear this.”
I’m a critic – I write about music for magazines and websites. I can say that something is good, or bad, or just meh. But the ears we trust most often are our own…and beyond that, the ears of people we know and like.
But to take it one step further – I also trust the ears of the musicians whose work I love. What would they tell me to listen to? And who would those people recommend? Where would that path lead me?
So here’s the project – start with a few seeder musicians. Try and pick people from different genres, different styles. Ask them a little bit about what they do, and how it sounds, and then see what they think I should listen to next. And then follow the train as far as it will take me.
New seeds might be added as I go – some of the lines might die out. We’ll have to see how it goes. But I hope you will follow along with me, and see what you discover – and maybe tell someone else what they just HAVE to hear.