I get it. You like Aphex Twin, Tourist, Gold Panda and Flying Lotus. These are names that people don't hear as often as say Taylor Swift and Beyonce, but don't act like you are above popular music. Enjoying less popular music does not make you smarter than everyone else. I'm not a genius, but I don't think intelligence works that way.
To spend more of our time trying to push people back to buying records is an exercise in futility. The smart ones will find a different way. Spotify could be that way, and if it isn't, it can definitely help transition us into a world where streaming is key, and CDs are just plastic circles.
Last week was a convenient window for Taylor Swift haters to come out. She pulled her songs from Spotify and now has the only debut album of 2014 to go platinum in one week. Is she a music creator advocate or a savvy business woman? Perhaps she is both.
People are protesting new businesses with regularity because it might cause noise, it might bring the wrong people. Seriously New York used to be made of all the wrong people. That is why we love it.
The 20th century was the only time in the history of music where some musicians got very well paid for their work. Those days are over. I am not an economist. One might say a folksinger is opposite of an economist, but I have a reasonable grasp on supply and demand economics.
The past six years have proven that Taylor and her music would always be there for me, whether I am having the best day of my life or the absolute worst.
As the father of a teenage girl, I'm familiar with the music of Taylor Swift. I never thought her music would help me qualify for Boston, but it did.
Swift leaving Spotify isn't bad, it's just silly. As an artist who is making a significant amount more money than the vast majority of her peers, her actions come off disingenuous.
She's creating the kind of easy and easy to love hits that get stuck in your head and literally never leave. She is making the music that even those who outsell her ten to one should be making, if they were smart.
In terms of working out, 128 BPM's dominance in pop music means that if you can find an exercise routine that approximates this pace, you'll never be short of new workout music. If you've already got fixed a routine, you can swap in any of the songs from that range and see how they fit.
One of the world's largest music festivals is coming to America for the first time, and they're bringing out the big guns.
I had read about the "1989 Secret Sessions" on Tumblr in the weeks previous, wondering how those people were chosen and how I could possibly be included in such an event. Then suddenly, come Saturday afternoon, I too was on my way from UConn to Taylor Swift's home.
Long before I published my first novel, I tried to join a neighborhood fiction writing workshop, only to be told by one member, 'Sorry, come back when you get published. We can't accept novices.' Yeah, that stung.
As parents, I think we need to discover an erotic world in our house that remains separate from the children. The girls have no trouble entering their imaginary realms -- any place, any time of day.
What I've discovered -- much to the affect of Taylor's swift way of living -- is that your life can be whatever may come of it. Your twenties don't have to be dark and twisted, with dreams becoming timestamped to your teenage imagination. It's yours to create.
Change can only come if we work together. We must be responsible to each other. You have 44.3 million followers on twitter. Use your platform. Save lives.