Updated: Aug 18, 2020
We’ve lost the live concerts that united fans as they gathered into the crowded trains heading into Sydney’s center. We’ve lost the festivals that would entertain audiences with emerging musicians and their unique sounds. We’ve even lost the live restaurant gigs, the buskers and the local live shows that gave the little corners of Newcastle the beautiful atmosphere and unique culture we’ve developed.
Without this broad exposure to new sounds and musical environments, it’s easy to get stuck listening to the same old CD’s that your Dad had when he was your age or to pick up your instrument, play 5 minutes of the same tune you’ve been doing the past month, get bored and put it back down. This is a struggle that can be felt all throughout Newcastle and the wider world at the moment.
It doesn’t have to be so.
I’m sure you’ve heard this many times before, but we live in an age of unprecedented opportunity. Even while being stuck within the physical confines of your house, we have unlimited opportunity to experience the words, the sounds and the ideas of people from every stretch of the world. Artists are able to publish and perform their music in so many intuitive new ways. Whether it’s musicians releasing EP’s, singles or albums onto Spotify, local artists streaming originals onto facebook and providing online lessons or music enthusiasts posting youtube videos to provide you with new concepts and musical techniques, there are so many avenues for aspiring musicians of all levels to learn something new.
This is where it comes back to you.
With all of the musical information out there to be accesed by everyone, now is a perfect opportunity to expand your repertoire, to improve your musicianship, to experience a whole new kind of music or to learn a new instrument.
Experiencing new styles of music
With the continuous advancements in music streaming platforms, which we can’t talk about without mentioning Spotify, people can be exposed to so many new artists and sounds that they wouldn’t have previously thought twice about.
Now instead of listening to that old CD or favourite playlist for the hundreth time in the last month, I challenge you to pick an artist from a whole new genre and dedicate an hour to listen to a whole album of theirs. If you don’t know where to start here’s a popular artist from some varying genres:
Blues rock - Stevie Ray Vaughan
Jazz - Miles Davis