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blog posted 8.28.15

WHO'S YOUR DJ?

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If I had a dollar for every time I heard someone say,
“I have my kids download for me”
I’d be a gazillionnaire.

Damn, I should have started collecting a long time ago.

The excuses are many.

YOU:
don’t know the new artists
forgot how to download
are confused by all the new music services
streaming?
the cloud?
can’t remember password
which cord?
what file?
have no time
dragged and dropped and then forgot
worry you’ll delete something
internet is down again
where do the songs go?
how do i get back to the…

Your kids get the frantic call. Five minutes before your dinner party. Day of your girls’ night out. When you’re ready for your run. You run to your kids to get a playlist on your phone. As your begging goes up your standards go down. You’ll take anything. Ok, I’ll take the hip-hop. The explicit rap? Whatever. Just get the playlist in. And can you hurry?

You settle, don’t you? You know you don’t love their music. Electronic dance music, garage rock, puppylove pop, naughty rap, metal, lame songwriting by kids younger than your kids. It’s not ok.

DON’T. SETTLE. ANYMORE.

You do not need your kids to help you find great music. They can help with other things like working the remote, cleaning up your email, carrying in groceries, lifting heavy objects, and showing you how to use your phone. Go ahead and take their advice on cool apps, instagram tips, and craft beers. Daughters can help you with fashion, sons can replace printer ink cartridges. Just don’t trust them with your music.

And don’t trust other people’s kids with your music either. The faceless / nameless curators behind the big music services. Who are these people? I think many are kids like your kids. They may know the day, the time and the weather… what you’re doing and where you’re going… maybe your favorite song… but they sure as hell don’t know the great music you grew up on, and I’m not sure they can find you a dozen new songs you can’t live without. So good luck with that.

Don’t let anyone tell you what you like. Certainly not a celebrity or computer algorithm. From now on, you get to choose what you like. With just a tiny bit of effort – and a few tips (below) – you’ll own this in no time.

BECOME
MUSIC-INDEPENDENT
AGAIN

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