As I am writing this I am
listening to The Who’s “Quadrophenia” start to finish. A few tracks in I realized there there will never
be an album like this made again. No Wall, Tommy, or 2112 either. There is a certain beauty in listening to an entire album
with a musical theme, something comforting. In these days of iTunes and American Idol, if someone did make a great album who
would buy it? There is an entire generation that has no idea that music exists outside a playlist and that is very sad. I
can’t tell you how many people I see on the subway sharing headphones and listening to only one channel of a stereo
mix. I don’t know if they are so clueless that they don’t know what they are missing, or the music is that bad
and they aren’t really missing anything.
I’ve been in the industry a long time now, I’ve seen
a lot of changes, I’ve always tried to be optimistic about the future of music. The realization that the album is dead
may be more that I can take. There are still great musicians out there, I work with a lot of them, there is still great music
being made, its just getting harder and harder to find it.