Call For Input: Help Shape This Site

posted by Tom Moon on February 27, 2012 at 7:31 pm
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Hi there.... Lately, partly as a result of interest from the Spotify community -- see below post on the Playlist of 1000 Recordings -- we've been talking about how to best utilize limited time and resources in ways that'll make this site useful to those engaged in music discovery.

We'd like to hear from you!

Please send along any thoughts, insights, ideas about what you'd like to see on this site. A friend of mine offered a suggestion I like quite a bit: Observing that I've heard and written about lots of music since the publication of the book, he wondered whether it would be possible to write short essays that would pick up from the Next Stop/After That recommendations. In other words, once you've checked the Next Stop and After That, here's a further work to investigate. Another idea from a reader: To re-start the "Shadow Classics" column I used to do for NPR Music here. (A post about one such recent discovery is here.)

Thanks in advance for any/all suggestions!

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#1 from john papaas, Melbourne Australia - 02/29/2012 4:22

wondering if you could possibly focus on some australian music not many artist were made mentioned in the book also your top 10 of 2011

#2 from Mike Billingsley, Haddonfield - 03/01/2012 6:42

I love the idea of furthering the Next Stop/After That. That has been my absolute favorite part about the book. The most significant moments will always be those of self-discovery and helping readers/listeners to discover their own paths of musical wonder seems to me to be a wonderful idea.

#3 from Tony Lanman, United States - 03/05/2012 8:16

Hey Tom,

I really liked your idea of the short format essays.  I think anything you could say about any of the albums in the “After That” section would be great, since many of these albums are not covered in the book.

I also would love to see something akin to a “Tom’s Favorites” column, where you write about the albums that have impacted you the most.

#4 from Mike, United States - 03/09/2012 2:23

I’m not exactly sure how you would implement this, but I often find that by following the book alphabetically (or just by opening it to a random page) I will hear something a little more advanced then I am ready for. For example, hearing John Adams’ “Death of Klinghoffer” as the first opera in the book was very shocking for my ears, because I had never heard an opera. When I got to Cecilia Bartoli I finally understood the appeal of opera. Likewise, hearing Ornette Coleman just before Coltrane, and a little before Miles Davis’ “Kind of Blue” seemed to make less sense because of the challenge for a jazz newbie. I love that the list is alphabetical for all the reasons listed in the book, but if there was some suggestion for where to start on some of the genres, I think it would be helpful for getting people into this listening journey. Thanks!

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