I Hear Music

Yesterday I got two emails related to music in the clambake. In one, the correspondent said that while he wasn’t as hardcore as the guy who said he had never liked a single song I had ever played he thought the music is the weakest part of the show. Around the same time, I got an email from someone who said that after hearing the Michelle Malone songs over the past few episodes and the interview with her, he went to her web store and bought 8 (?!) of her albums. Great googly moogly!

I hate to tell the folks who don’t like it, but the music is here to stay. It is a big part of my life and what I care about, and having a medium where I can intermingle my thoughts with tunes I love is the fun part. If the music disappeared, so would much of my enthusiasm. Adam Curry plays music I don’t care about sometimes, like say every single drum cadence he’s ever had on the show. I either listen or I skip and then I go forward. It’s very easy to do, really. I spoke with someone yesterday who referred to the format of what I do as being akin to a variety show. I had never thought of it like that but I agree and I love that. The ability to intermingle disparate pieces is the power of what is happening here. I can talk about things, play clips of other shows, bits of comedy, bits of music. That, my friends, is not a bug but a feature and it will stay this way.

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Dave Slusher is a blogger, podcaster, computer programmer, author, science fiction fan and father. Member of the Podcast Hall of Fame class of 2022.

5 thoughts on “I Hear Music”

  1. mike dunn says:

    the power is in the thumb of the listener 😉

    and i personally like you’re chose in music and think it’s great that you support them and they believe in your little variety show – that is what it is all about after all – keep rockin dave 🙂

  2. PJ Cabrera says:

    … and I don’t like everything you or Adam Curry or Michael Butler or Brian Ibbott or Indiefeed or Hardcore Insomnia or $250 Million Show plays either. I don’t even get what’s so great about Brad Sucks, he sucks. 🙂

    I listen to the music-oriented podcasts on the chance I may find an artist I like, and for the same reason, I appreciate the “talk” podcasts that play music.

    Example: the Gentle Riders are not the great band I’ve ever heard, but I can appreciate them. Meanwhile, to be honest, I don’t get DQE.

    But, and here’s the important part, I found a few of the Camper Van Beethoven songs you played to be good enough and bought their latest record (making sure I jumped to their site from your site so you would get the credit as the web referrer.)

    And I absolutely love Jill Sobule’s stuff. I listen to Cinammon Park very frequently, it’s on the top 3 spot in my iPod “Most Frequently Played” playlist.

    I’m behind on my podcast listening, so I can’t comment on Michele Malone’s music.

    At any rate, my point is, keep playing what you like, and I just may find something I like. I don’t listen to your podcast for the music, it’s a bonus “feature”. I’m listen to you because I enjoy listening to what you have to say – and even that is a sometimes thing. 😀

    As Mike said above, keep rocking, keep interviewing and talking about writers, keep doing what you like. Because who knows, you might introduce me to my next favorite thing.

  3. caleb says:

    I feel like your brand of podcast is more akin to a personal letter than a “show”; I don’t think I would reply to someone that a certain passage was the “weakest part” of the letter. When I listen to your show or shows like yours, I feel like someone is just holding things up in the light and saying– I like this, thought you might, too.
    Caleb de Floriduh

  4. PJ Cabrera says:

    I finally listened to the two Michele Malone episodes. I really like her voice, and her music is really good. “Avalon” from “Home Grown” really rocked my world.

    See, you just play what you like, talk to us about what makes you tick, and what you think. Who cares if “not everybody” likes it. Those of us that do like it stay subscribed, and those that don’t, don’t. And good riddance. 🙂

  5. PJ Cabrera says:

    I like her too, but I forgot you played her music. 😀

    How many is it now, six?

    Oh, and yeah, I’m a dork of the same persuation as you now. It’s Gentle Readers, not Gentle Riders.

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