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WRONG NOTES: a blog of ear reverence

Wrong Notes collects posts on music, art, culture and fun stuff. Also included: news about the Ear Reverends.

Obscurity is underrated

Reflecting on 2008, the Ear Reverends are in a not-bad position to notice that obscurity is underrated.

Ironically, some of the people who would benefit from reading this are the ones who won't, because this is an obscure blog. And, this is definitely the liability with creating obscure music as well: some of the people who need to hear it or play it, won't.

But, as a musician, and also as a listener, there are benefits to playing with music in obscurity. Fundamentally, I'd characterize the benefits as representing tremendous possibility. What will you imagine when you listen to or play something that no one you know is talking about?

The Ear Reverends started as a musical outlet that was outside of the pressures of running a band, putting on stage shows, or producing commodity products for sale. Some years later, in 2008 and going into 2009, the Ear Reverends still work this way.

So, from start until now, I've gotten into this obscurity—and gotten a lot out of it. And, I highly recommend a spoonful of it to everyone—listen to and/or play some obscure music every week. Go ahead and add that to your list of new year's resolutions for 2009.


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