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How Do You Find Good Music?

posted: August 15th, 2009 by Dave Trout

I'm going to take a break from reflecting on the spiritual truth found in music to tackle a more lighthearted topic - one that I hope to get your feedback on. Traditionally (esp. from the 80s & 90s) there exists three main ways that one discovers new music: (1) the recommendation of friends & families, (2) live concert events, and (3) radio airplay.

However, in recent years - with the advent of MySpace, Facebook, iTunes, Twitter, Napster, NoiseTrade, and the list goes on - the rules have dramatically changed. The traditional methods still exist, with a whole extra layer of social media that opens us up to a world of new music.

One of the favorite parts of my job is connecting with listeners and hearing about musical hidden gems. I've been introduced to some amazing artists, albums, & songs that I likely would have missed out on if it weren't for a timely recommendation.

Charlie HallSometimes this suggested music is fostered by new networking tools. Lately I've found a lot of good music by just window shopping in the iTunes store. I may even start by looking up an artist I really love... then checking out what other listeners' bought when they purchased that artist/album. Then when I purchase a download, the Apple Genius app makes some song recommendations as well. This is how I found one of the songs I'm playing on this week's program.

After downloading a Shaun Groves song, iTunes thought I would like to sample Charlie Hall - whose music you have likely heard or sung in church (especially because of his involvement with Passion). I didn't think it was what I was looking for, until I read this customer review: "I hated Christian music before this album. I usually still hate Christian music. But this album is really good."

Sold! That's enough to get me to shell out the 99-cents for a song! I snagged "Swimming from the Shipwreck" from 2003, and I'm playing it this week on "Under The Radar". So, how about you? How do you find good music? I'd love to hear the stories, whether traditional or exotic, about your explorations for hidden treasures in Christian music. I look forward to hearing from you!

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