MyPlay: Why customer experience matters

A good customer experience can be a heck of a great marketing tool, but a bad customer experience can be more toxic than a reality TV marathon. So let’s talk about…

Old Habits II

What is it about vinyl? Skips and defects don’t seem to matter the way they did when CD’s first came out. CD’s were so amazing for the clarity, but I hated the smaller package. Not enough room for art, not the same physical experience. I could overlook it because a lot of my vinyl had been worn to a frazzle. Bad needles, multiple moves and play after play after play. There were days I could have sworn I was born in a set of headphones. The ability to disappear inside of music, not passively absorb it, not use it as background, but actually listen.

Old Habits

I restarted an old habit these past few weeks. Vinyl records.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I already have about 1000 vinyl albums. I got out of the habit when CD’s got big (about 500 of those) and I dropped CDs for the most part when audio streaming went mainstream.

I have a Spotify account and a Pandora account, but increasingly music has become a background thing; something to listen to while doing other things.This is probably the way most people listen to music.

However, there was a time for me when music was the thing.

September From eMusic

Brendon Benson – My Old Familiar Friend: Why is it that this man is not worshiped as a god? Seriously, give him whatever he wants as long as he continues to make music. This release has some wonderfully genre bending synth work on it. The first track “A Whole Lot Better” made me go back…

August From Emusic

This is my first try at writing a consistent monthly article. I am going to write up a list of what I downloaded from emusic this past month and a brief review of each. This was the take from August. Enjoy.

Jeff Kelly: The Swan In The Hallway

  Jeff Kelly’s latest release, The Swan In The Hallway, is a melancholy collection of songs, which manages somehow not to come off as sad or sappy. Kelly has managed to avoid the introvert-alterna-pop cliché of “Oh woe is me.” Instead he appears to wink knowingly at his situation. It seems like he is actually…

The Knack: Round Trip

The Knack are most famous for their 1979 hit My Sharona. For those of you too young to remember (and those too old to care) My Sharona was one of the most bouncy pieces of musical bubblegum to ever hit the air waves. The rest of the album was filled with brilliant pop song, good…

Green Pajamas Greatist Hits

  It’s no surprise to my friends that I like this release. Green Pajamas are one of my favorite bands and after 17 years, this band deserves a Greatest Hits CD. The selection of songs is first rate and provides a good overview of the band.The CD opens with the 2003 version of Kim the…