For the love of Music
I have been a fan of music for about as long as I can remember.
I was raised by a single father, and he was always a big fan of what we now call Classic Rock. He also loved Classical, and so those were the two forms of music we listened to the most of. My dad also thought television was a useless brain polluter, so I grew up without one in my house. As a result, we spent a lot of time listening to music.
When I grew up and moved out on my own, I spent several years watching lots of television, which was probably just my attempt to 'catch up'. Over the last five years, however, I've reverted back to music and away from television. Not that I ever quit listening, but I really got back into music. While it's been enjoyable, I tend to get stuck on certain bands that I find to be amazing, simply because it's hard sifting through Youtube trying to find good bands.
I recently discovered something amazing though. While I've heard of bandcamp plenty of times, I had never spent any real time there until recently. I was promoted to a moderator status on a music group I'm involved with, and that really fired up that spark inside of me to find new music. I turned to bandcamp, created a fan profile, and started discovering music. Man, oh man, was that one of the best decisions I've made in a long time. I can sift through tags to find the specific genre of music I'm looking for, and then isolate the results even further (i.e. "Newest Arrivals").
I've been listening to so many great bands in many different genres, and I'm never out of fresh bands to check out. You can buy their albums and, many times, you can pay your own price. Now, I'm not suggesting you should pay tiny amounts for everything you want to get, but sometimes if you want to support an artist and don't have a lot of funds, you can pay them at least a little something.
I've reached an age in my life where I feel that I should be supporting the artists I listen to frequently with my dollars. Nobody wants to work for free. As a struggling writer, I understand this all too well. Bandcamp makes it easy. If you're a big music fan, go check them out today and create an account. I can't believe I waited so long to do so myself!