Sometimes in my search for things new, interesting, creative or just plain musical fun, I come across particular works or artists that I feel may need a random arrow pointing in their direction. Hey, if I have a spark, perhaps someone else may get one too.
You probably have not heard most of these Christmas songs, but it would sure be a shame if you will not be aware of them!
Many of these non-traditional Christmas songs are parodies and others just great songs. I always loved Christmas parodies in addition to rock classics and traditional Christmas/holiday music.
1. Stan Freberg – Green Christmas
Flowers, mementos, and an eighties style cassette boom box fill the entranceway to the modest house which was Leonard Cohen’s home for much of his life in Montréal. People quietly assembled, came and went during days following his passing, not so much in pain but in a kind of dark optimism mixed in with a joyousness that retained the fleshy realities of life.
Discovering new music is always a thrill. It is like discovering a new flavor in food, a new planet in space, and heck, some may say that it is like having a new baby!
It is no surprise that Spotify and others are working around the clock to come up with magical algorithms that try to predict what kind of music we like and what we would love to hear next.
But does music discovery is really a function of how good a magical algorithm is? Well… I must say that it would have been nice if some lines of code could bring you a new born child.
You love to listen to music while working Most of us do.
Some of us even enjoy sharing our love of music with our fellow office members and crowning ourselves as the office DJ.
No doubt that listening to music together while working is boosting your day to day experience at work, let you discover new music and unlock some hidden personalities of the people that share the same room or the same floor with you.
If so, this scenario will sound familiar to you:
So yes, we have YouTube. It’s free, legal, and probably the largest music library out there.
But — and there is a big but — It is packed with annoying video ads and the music experience is no more than basic. You can’t blame YouTube for this poor experience and the lack of music related features, since it is not a music platform by definition, but a “video-sharing website.”
The past (as far as 5 years ago)
We consumed music mostly from YouTube. We had to know what band and what song we wanted to listen to in advance, we entered our search query, got the results, and here goes the music.
While Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, Google Play Music and others are making lots of press points and the wars between them intensify each day, that doesn’t change the fact that 80% of the population still consumes music on YouTube.
80% of the population still consumes music on YouTube. The funny thing is that YouTube is not even a music platform.
The funny thing is that YouTube is not even a music platform, but a “video-sharing website” by definition. As such, the music experience on YouTube as basic as it can be.
What is music?
While this question feels pretty much basic, it will be hard to come up with a solid definition. So we decided to let these nice people describe this… thing.
Hissing, crackling and popping sounds can be heard behind the music, a song may be cut short by a BeatRoom owner whose feels the need to shift the mood or take the music down a new path, or a listener may suggest a new direction that opens up a whole different path for others to explore.
This happens at BeatSense.com. And did happen once in radio.