I meant to link to the third installment of the Groovemine music blog interview earlier, but recent events got in the way.
When you hear a song line for line, straight off the airwaves with no connotations or foresight into the music, it’s one thing and you might pay it no mind, but with the added history, when you know that say, for example, Jimi Hendrix played that song in front of 300,000 people in the midst of a tragic war and Vietnam vets still weep at the sounds of the guitar, when you look at a picture of the Ramones and know about disco and the 80s, you can’t help but understand and feel the music more.
And that is where blogs can really make something happen: not just tell the story of the music, but to add a flavor to it — to make it bigger than just a song off the radio, the Pandoras included. Like Rolling Stone in the 1960s and MTV in the 1980’s and 1990s, the independent music blogs today are informing, entertaining, and taste-making. They have the ability to shape a decade, so to speak. The blogosphere of influence seems to have exceeded most people’s expectations, including that of its producers — inversely related to the logistical size of their operation.