This is my last post on Words About Music, though I will be starting afresh at chrisstoneman.com/blog.

It’s been over 2 years since my last post, written to further my thinking on the problems facing Spotify. Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to make these musings a full-​​time hobby, and work on some solutions too.

Some parts of this blog don’t exactly fill me with pride but hey, we’ve all got to learn somehow. Here’s some posts I’ve liked reading again, from both this site and its forgotten, slightly decrepit older brother.

The Perceived Value of Music. “Major Labels, Stop claiming that deluxe £100 box sets for throwaway pop music will save the day, and realise that you do not make music to obsess over. Build a service that allows fans to constantly and rapidly consume and dispose of your music, it’s what you’ve conditioned them to do.”

What Do Music Fans Want To Own, And Why?. Including the best iTunes screenshot the world’s ever seen (but nobody ever noticed). Mike Smith’s Best Of The Tremeloes? anyone? ANYONE?

The Beach Boys. An email I once wrote about the Beach Boys. “Dennis sleeps with Mike Love’s daughter ‘just to annoy him.’”

Spotify Playlists
Me getting excited at Spotify’s recently announced numbers, 50k premium subs!

And my favoured Musical Musings…

Plus Ones by Okkervil River. “Let us give thanks to the existence of the 100th Luft Balloon, and every tune written about it. We wouldn’t be the same without them.”

Snookered by Dan Deacon. “It begins with a smiling child playing a glockenspiel. It ends with a glockenspiel playing a smiling child”

Sympathy For The Devil by The Stones. “The Beatles asked questions of people. The Stones asked questions of a people”

Gotye ‘Making Mirrors’ album discussion. How much can one man squeeze into an album? How much can one man squeeze into an album review?

So farewell, Words About Music, you taught me well. You never did teach me what iGrammarStone meant though.

See you on the other side.

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