Why all the music?

Why all the music?
Photo by Adrian Korte / Unsplash

Over the past month, Peerverse has gradually transformed itself into a repository for music reviews.

This wasn't intentional. It's just over the course of my day, I'm not seeing a whole lot of stuff that merits a share.

However, I hear a lot of albums. Per day, I probably hear a minimum of eight hours of music, through physical and streaming media – and that's because I can put it on while I do other stuff.

Music has a certain pull on me because:

  1. Physical music media is disappearing
  2. There's too much streaming media for it to be heard by most people

When I was younger, building a music library gave you serious street cred. People treated it like it was gold. If someone had a basement full of vinyl, tapes, and CDs, you knew they were serious about music.

Not so today. While vinyl has had a nice revival, people are practically giving away their CDs and tapes. Or worse, recycling them. As it turns out, convenience is more important than audio quality – most folks are more content to rent music than own it.

This isn't a slight on folks looking to clear space in their homes. However, for nerds like me, having that physical copy is still a must. I know from experience that anything online can be removed at a moment's notice.

(Those suits enforcing their copyright claims aren't removing my physical media. I dare them to try it.)

This is why I document my physical media. For people who've never owned music  – this is becoming more and more frequent as time goes on – they should see for themselves what it's like. To touch your music, that's something special.

This brings me to the second reason why I review music. More musicians are opting to never put out a physical release. The only option to hear their music is through streaming and downloading. That's their choice – I totally understand why someone might not want to physically make something that might never sell.

Yet with so much music existing only through the ethereal confines of streaming, that just magnifies the risk I might never hear it in the future – especially when the powers-that-be remove it.

For this reason, I document what I've heard. Yes, it might be gone tomorrow, and I've made peace with that. Not everything needs to exist indefinitely.

I 'd like to at least keep my memories, have a place to keep a record of my thoughts and emotions – my impressions of art – in a space that is my own.

This here is why I'm motivated to keep Peerverse running. I can't control the rest of the web, but I can control my corner of it. What I'm getting at here is this stuff is important to me – this is my data.

Certain folks might think my music is inconsequential but I don't. This is why I don't leave these memories in a random Big Tech corporation's hands.