In the summer of 2015, I began to borrow newly-released CDs from my local library to the point of obsession. The genre didn’t matter. If it was new, the CD was on my list and waiting for me to be picked up after work.
Listening to entire albums, start-to-finish, drove my obsession. As a lifelong music fan, I consumed music with an insatiable appetite. I had a big blind spot, however. On most occasions, I didn’t listen to entire albums. It took me almost 40 years to realize that sometimes albums have hidden gems. Sometimes the best way to appreciate the music is within the context of the entire album. How can you appreciate “Living Loving Maid” without listening to “Heartbreaker” immediately before it? If you play “Pretty Woman” without “Intruder” before it, you’re no friend of mine.
Who has time to listen to an entire album anymore? Who has time to explore any new music outside of what terrestrial or satellite radio and video-music channels spoon-feed you? My 2015 summer routine provided answers to these questions: I did. I made the time to explore and, if I was doing so anyway, why not share the music with others?
The Modern Retro Groove Experience is designed to expose you to music that might not have come your way — most of it new and some of it old — and provide another perspective on music you already know. The writing is especially designed for a time-crunched reader. The music reviews are short and brutally honest. Each review provides the reader with a comparison to more established bands or well-known songs — it’s the “DNA” part of the review. There are also a lot of fun posts about music here.
For me, the next best thing to enjoying music is sharing it with others. Enjoy and thank you for your readership. Best, Matt
“What’s the use of worrying? What’s the use in hurrying? What’s the use of anything?”