I will be the first to admit that I am a music snob. It is a feeling that if I donít like it, it must not be meaningful or valuable to the world. This may be, in a way, elitist, but I have a physical reaction to music that I cannot control. Itís instant and powerful. If it doesnít affect me within mere moments, I cast it aside in search of something else. I need this feeling; Iím addicted to it. Moreover, when I feel that rush from a few chords, the sensation is hard to explain, but must be repeated. I plan my day around music. I search endlessly for the next sound that will supply me with the needed charge to my senses that continues to bring me back. This exploration is tiring and I often find myself mentally exhausted at the end of my searches.
It takes a lot of patience to listen to endless amounts of (in my opinion) talentless sounds before finding something that absolutely knocks you down. To explain, I must employ an, albeit, overused, but effective metaphor: golf. Now, I should explain that Iíve only played the game a few times and I am on the very southern end of good. You can usually find me stomping around in the knee-high grass, searching for the ball that will aid in my journey down the path of misery, but thatís not why I subject myself to the blistering heat or feelings of uselessness. I come back because there are times when the universe aligns and I manage to hit that stupid white orb down the center of the fairway. I hate to admit it, but there is sense of accomplishment that accompanies those few times Iíve managed this feat. It is a little like spending hours searching through endless names (like stomping through tall weeds) looking for the one artist or band that will make the quest worth it (perfect shot). I apologize for my attempt at metaphoric explanation, but I hope some point managed to whittle its way through. This can be frustrating to some and not worth the time, but itís something I have to do. That brings us to why I started Soaked in Sound. Its mission statement, if you will. The theme of the site is to introduce new music to our readership, no matter how few, and in the process become introduced to new music ourselves.
The power of music does not lie in the amount of funding applied to it. The power resides in the passion and determination invested into the final product. Because that fire can be heard the moment you press play. Thatís what brings music lovers back. Thatís why we exist. Soaked in Sound is here to fill the void left by mainstream sites, dedicated to household names, sold out tours, and overproduced auto tuned products, marketed as talent. We donít do that Ė I wonít let it happen. This may not be what readers expect, but that is what we publish here. On occasion, we will write about household names or popular music, but you will never read a word about the importance of those names because of the money they generate. You will however read about why we are writing about those artists, what emotions they conjure within the pleasure centers of our brains, and why they deserve to be heard. That is my promise. That is what you can expect from Soaked in Sound. What we expect from you, dear reader, is an open mind. Give each of the artists we write about the respect of listening. I cannot guarantee that you will like everything that you hear, but I do assure you that something will move you in the same way it moved us. Take the time to listen and youíll understand.
On a personal note, I would like to thank each one of you that visit my site. I know that you have numerous choices in where you go to get your music fix and I appreciate you taking the time to look over what Soaked in Sound has to offer. I am very passionate about what I write and I am hopeful that translates well enough for you. Again, thanks for reading and take your time with some of the past reviews and archives.
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