The Collective Consciousness of Music

Posted: March 16, 2016 in Uncategorized

Since I was traveling down to Memphis this week I had a lot of thinking time and a lot of time to listen to music.

I don’t have a Aux jack in my car, so I loaded up 3 CD cases worth of music and hit the road.

During that time I listened to a lot of well known artists: Nine Inch Nails, Simple Minds, Peter Gabriel, etc….

While listening to some more well known records, I thought about all the times I’ve shared with friends listening to these songs and all the times I’ve sung riffs or melodies from these songs and everyone around me knew exactly what I was singing.

That made me realize one thing….
As time passes and the internet expands people’s music collections to epic proportions, we will no longer have that one song everyone knows all the words to from the summer of 1979. We will no longer be able to be able to sing  that”Dun Dun Duhhhh” riff from Smoke on the Water and have everyone in the room instantly know what mood we’re in.
We will longer be able to sing “Ma ma se, ma ma sa, Ma ma coo sa” without getting weird looks.

Sure we have more choices, more great music to listen to, and just plain…MORE.
But is more better?  I would argue no.

I have more than my fair share of musical elitist friends who pride themselves on knowing what you don’t. But in my opinion, it’s that musical collective consciousness that brings us all together….and I’m afraid that is soon to disappear.

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