I read yesterday that there are 40,000 songs being uploaded to Spotify every day!
Which means you have no hope of hearing everything. So now we’ve destroyed that “paralysis of choice” that stops you choosing anything - you can, guilt free, just listen to whatever the hell you want knowing you’re always going to miss out on something - and that’s OK.
I saw a story in the Sydney Morning Herald a few days back about buskers having to audition for spots and it gave me chills… you know sometimes you get a feeling so strong that it only takes a sentence to bring it back years later.
Well this is 15 years later.
And the feeling is embarrassment.
Once upon a time, when I was living in Sydney, I told someone a story about how I’d just discovered that the council were not allowing music buskers to perform at Darling Harbour.
I can't do it all by myself - it's a powerful realisation for a someone trying to make a solo record, but taking a second more to consider, it becomes stark - this mammoth project I call "Pieces of Different Puzzles" has never been a solo project - my name is on the cover(s) sure, but I don't play every instrument, I only mixed one of the songs, I haven't mastered any of them. I didn't even write all of every song (the lovely verse lyrics of "Atmospherian" belong to Fred Randell of Civil Hands).
I always get nervous when it comes to stating an opinion connected with my music. I've been told many times by many people that music and politics do not belong together (leaving aside that some of them are huge fans of Midnight Oil and John Butler Trio).
As it happens a podcast ended up in my queue the other day talking about this exact subject...
But I've begun to wonder, and certain life factors have underlined this lately, that if I'm not singing and writing about the things that I care about, am I…
"This time last year feels like a day ago, but Monday to Friday feels like a lifetime" - the opening lyrics to a song that'll be out soon on my new EP. I don't know where the line came from but it seems true most of the time.
The seconds have been flying by lately between recording my EP and helping out some incredibly committed people running our own festival here (Under Western Skies) - but when you're doing stuff you love... well you know what they say about time.