In this age of instant gratification and short attention spans some would say it is useless to create a concept album -- like in the olden times when people would sit and actually listen to an entire LP from start to finish.
This is a great loss for the listener of today, in my opinion, as we must content ourselves with shorter and shorter forms of musical entertainment while we go about our busy lives.
We play it in the background at work and in our cars.
It plays in the background in stores, hotels, cafes, and on our phones.
It has become like fast food…a few salty bites and then all fat and sugar.
But I am here to tell you there is still hope!
Turn off the TV, put on some headphones, close your eyes, and really LISTEN to a song.
It is like enjoying a gourmet home-cooked meal instead of a 'happy' reheated one.
You can savour every bite and texture and experience the beauty and complexity of all the flavours dancing together in your mouth!
You can't get that in a frankenburger.
Nor, I believe, can you truly experience the beauty and complexity of music unless you give it your full attention.
Musicians understand this instinctively because we have to concentrate totally to do our jobs.
We spend hundreds of hours listening and absorbing and learning so that we might better express what we feel inside to the universe. It is the only way that we can fully explore and enjoy and share this thing inside us called music.
This magical thing that is inside of every human being.
Musicians don't think in sound bytes.
We think in long, slow moments, in sweeping landscapes of sound and roaring stampedes of drums and singing! It is soul crushing (for me anyway) to have to compress those feelings into shorter and shorter forms of musical entertainment just to earn a living.
People deserve better!
We spend hours on the internet engaged in various social activities like Facebook, often with music playing, and watching music videos on Youtube. This is not the same as listening with your eyes closed and your full attention given. Not even close.
I urge you to discover (or rediscover) the full experience of music by giving it some quality time everyday and letting it work its magic on your mind and your soul!
Put aside half an hour a day just for listening to music with no distractions!
When the kids are in bed put those headphones on your head!
You can find an hour to watch CSI every night, why not half an hour for music?
Run a bath, turn out the lights and put on Sgt Peppers again, or Dark Side Of The Moon, or your favourite newly discovered artist, and really give yourself the chance to hear it like the musicians who created it do.
If this experience isn't incredible and enriching for you just return it for a full refund!
We don't do it for the money.
We do it because we have to.
We do it because we get to.
We share it because we don't really own it.
It fills us and it wants to fill you too.
You just have to give it a chance.