Back in the 80s, I was involved in the production for a string of successful new age albums. As a result, I was "in the industry" and got a ton of promo CDs. They sat unlistened to for decades...until I figure it was time to separate the good, the bad, and the ugly so I could toss the excess baggage.
It's interesting hearing music from a 30-year perspective. Most of it, frankly, was dreck. Lots of DX7s, noodling oboe solos, an occasional drum fluourish ("hey! we're not weenies!!"), fretless bass slides, and compositions that could best be described as...unimaginative.
But as I've often said, in ANY genre of music, 1% is magnificent, 4% is good, 10% is okay, and I'll pass on the other 85%
I had the same results here. Every now and then, out of the dreck, something worth listening to would appear.
It's interesting how a genre of music can take hold for a limited period of time, and then pretty much disappear...while others stay forever, like rock and hip-hop. Remember the ska revival? And how reggae was all the rage for a while? How at one point every rock song had to have a guitar solo? Electropop, with groups like Ultravox and Depeche Mode?
Ultimately I realized that popular music is disposable. It depends on a constant influx of new stuff and new styles. Maybe this is in music's DNA...after all, until the 20th century, ALL music was ephemeral. It only existed live, and once it was played, it was gone. That 5% of good stuff becomes part of our culture - it will be a long time before people forget about Buddy Holly, Hendrix, or the Beatles - and some of the "okay" stuff will survive on some level. But the rest will just take a long fadeout into irrelevance.
What is streaming, other than an acknowledgement of the fleeting nature of popular music?