I’m not very sophisticated in regards to music. In my early years, I relied solely on my favourite radio station to provide me with enjoyable songs, so my taste developed quite mainstreamish.
Thanks to the Internet, it’s getting better. Spotify is very useful to quickly check recommendations of interesting artists and bands I find in magazines or online.
What I find very interesting is how YouTube plays an increasingly important role in my musical education. Recently, I’ve came across very creative works that I never would have heard on the radio.
A good example is two very different cover versions of “Somebody That I Used to Know”. I’ve actually never heard the original by Gotye, but I suspect that these two cover versions are both more creative and more entertaining.
The first version is by the awesome Walk off the Earth and features many people playing one instrument:
The second version has one person (Ingrid Michaelson) playing many instruments:
But it doesn’t have to be cover versions. Here’s “In Your Arms” by Kina Grannis:
The song doesn’t impress me so much by its musical qualities as by the effort that went into producing the video:
So, thank you, Internet, and keep the great music suggestions coming!