Many of you will have heard the oft quoted phrase 'sometimes less is more'.
And in this current era this is no more evident than with the multitude of album releases appearing week in and week out.
You would think that with the proliferation of file sharing and pirating, musicians the world over would be disheartened by this, not being able to generate an income that allows for a full-time career as such.
But no that is not the case, and on our website we get tons of requests to review albums that aren't exactly well known or publicised, but still we get to see them come across our desk from the various agencies that represent them.
As a result we have to be rather discerning about what it is we choose to promote on GDM. Not every release is tailor-made for our audience, and the more I see albums that are outside the genres that we cover the less inclined I am to assist some of these agents who just seem to be throwing out stuff to all and sundry hoping something will stick to the wall.
Which leads me on to my next point. What are we doing in 2018 in terms of our listening habits?
From what I gather, the readership here is still hellbent on buying CDs, and that's very admirable considering how much it costs to get the physical product from A to B. Nowadays it's not cheap to do so.
Some of you still thumb your noses up at file shares though I'm not completely sold on your argument. Sometimes it's a matter of cost and distribution vs availability. For me it's space and portability, those are the two major things for me considering I move around a lot. And in 2019 that's going to continue to happen with a big move planned.
What about the big 'have' that is online streaming? Spotify, Google Music, Deezer, Apple / iTunes and whoever else is involved in this industry.
I used to have accounts to a few of these but at the end of the day I couldn't be half-assed about it. When I was working out on site yes it would come in handy to listen to something on the train, but because I'm working from home full-time now, the services became redundant.
I'm sure you all have your favourite methods and the reasons why.
One thing I still am trying to find on the Net is a jukebox service. If some of you remember we used to run a jukebox and it was great too, but the website (divshare.com) went under and I haven't found anything of similar quality ever since.
As it is, I haven't bought a CD in ages and the way things are going that will continue into the future too.
As far as music consumption is concerned, you can rest assured that there are many artists out there still willing to create music and place it into the public domain, but it's how we choose to listen to it that makes the difference.