If you're using social media such as Twitter or Facebook, or have ever been sent a YouTube clip of some band or performance you just have to check out, you'll know what I mean: it's not always "the right time" to listen to something new. Maybe you were out and didn't have a decent set of headphones on you at the time. Maybe you were at work and couldn't fain looking busy while you were listening to a new clip. Maybe you
just don't have the time to give a new track the attention it deserves at the time it comes to your attention. So much new music I discover is found while online. An email, a tweet, a YouTube clip, a link to a website. It's not often I become aware of a new artist or performance via radio, TV or press. For this reason, I've become a real fan of using Instapaper to save these links, emails, websites etc to a single spot that I can come back to later when I have more time. Instapaper is a very simple to install, simple to use, and free means of "bookmarking" the bits and pieces you come across online, saving them to a neat spot to check out later. In the words of the developer on his FAQs page:"I appreciate great writing, but I’ve become frustrated with the quick-consumption nature of many devoted blog readers... popular blogs are now full of useless “list posts” with no substance or value... well-written content is out there, and we do have opportunities every day to read it — just not when we’re in information-skimming, speed-overload mode...The times we find information aren’t always ideal for consuming it. Instapaper helps you bridge that gap."Tweaking the intention slightly, from consumption of written articles to attention to undiscovered music, I find Instapaper equally compelling. To paraphrase the above,
I appreciate great music, but I’ve become frustrated with the fast-food style nature of many artists and listeners. Commercial radio and other popular channels are full of hear today gone today artists bringing little of substance to the listener. Well composed music is out there and we do have opportunities every day to listen — just not when we’re in information-skimming, speed-overload mode...
The times we find new music aren’t always ideal for consuming it. Don't let inconvenience stop your discovery of new music.