While reading some music reviews, I got to thinking about how to get to music that you like and avoiding music that you don’t. Instead reading through all the fluff around the artist, I’d want to get a review that basically tells me which songs are worth listening to and which aren’t. Actually, what would really be nice is a review that told me which songs were good in terms of their sections even so that I could skip through and get to the good parts. Some might say this sort of thinking is heresy, but I don’t think so. The truth is that there are parts of an artist’s career that you don’t like in general, tracks of an album that you like to skip, and even parts of a song that you like more than the other parts of the song. The problem with this is that the song recording in pop music is kind of like the least common denominator at least in portability and convenience. Unless you’re a musician, it can be hard to imagine a song as parts of a structure in which a variety of sections are really just chained together and even these sections are just musical phrases that are chained together to make a section. The phrases are notes that are chained together to a certain rhythm or timing.
So usually when I hear a song that I don’t particular like, I just skip it. I mean, I even do this on albums that some people adore every track of. What reason is there to listen to something that doesn’t excite you personally? Where it gets hard is when parts of the song is good and then there are basically boring sections interspersed. It makes me want to skip the song, but it’s difficult because you know the good part is going to come up eventually. If you haven’t heard the song before, there could be a bridge coming up that you might like too. If I don’t like all the parts of a new song, I’ll go to the next track once I realize I’ve heard everything the track’s going to offer somewhere in the middle of the song. It’s kind of a spoiled song to be honest because that good part that everyone likes could’ve been further elaborated on and a better song can spawn from just that one good section. No reason spend time on something that you don’t like.