Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Concept Album vVs. Digital - Single Deathmatch

The Concept Album Vs. Digital-Single Deathmatch! August 30, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen,… Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome!

Welcome to the CD Baby Grand Hotel & Casino, where tonight we will witness the grace, the brutality, the finesse, the fury, the bloody dance of two musical mediums tangling. Rivals will rumble in an epic contest, a winner-take-all tussle, to prove who should wear the ultimate title and reign supreme.
In the blue corner: with heavy-hitting power, ambitious scope, narrative arc, recurring motifs, big production budgets, strong ties to Broadway and Operatic tradition, drawing proudly upon past hits like Pink Floyd’s The Wall, The Who’s Tommy, David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust, Jay-Z’s American Gangster, and Elvis Costello’s Juliet Letters,… ladies and gentlemen,… The Concept Album- A sprawling musical work best served on vinyl as a double or triple record with deluxe foldout art!
And in the red corner: agile, trim, compact, self-sufficient, a loner with one eye on speedy delivery and the other on instant gratification, doing the age-old dance of the popular song, folk tune, Goethe Lieder, or any other little piece of music that you love, straight from the heart but aiming for the head and hoping to get stuck there, … ladies and gentlemen,… The Digital-Single- a catchy 3-minute experience of sound and silence beamed through the air to your MP3 player via the magic of wi-fi.
Yes, we know outside these walls the two can sometimes live peacefully together. But within this ring, only one will survive. Place your bets. Place your bets. The battle is about to begin. Who will you pick to win, and how will you decide?

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