Bill Drummond (KLF member, alleged burner of a million pounds, and co-author of "The Manual" which instructs readers "How to Have Number One the Easy Way") is burnt out on music. He can't seem to find new music that engages him, there's too much older material in his CD collection to go through and perhaps listening to music has become more problematic than it is pleasurable. The solution? He has declared November 21st "No Music Day".
He's also managed to get London radio station ResonanceFM to play along. (For those playing at home, Resonance is a bit late to the party... NPR stations across the country have already been trailblazing the whole "No Music" idea for a few years now).
Says Bill in the Guardian:
Maybe it's just an age thing. Maybe it is just that my palate is jaded. So many men, and I guess women too, who get to my stage in life are happy enough slating all modern music, happy to press the nostalgia buttons. But I can't stand that. And it's not because the new artists don't mean what they play, it's just that, to my ears, they all begin to sound like vaguely updated versions of something that has gone before. Do I just accept this as a part of the ageing process? The sagging flesh, the thinning hair I have to accept, but this? No! No! and NO!
It was in 2004 that I began to suspect that my problem lay not so much with the music as the form in which all music now seems to exist. Almost every piece of recorded music since recorded music began 110 years ago is just a click away. And once we have got it we can listen to it where and whenever we want. We can have this non-stop soundtrack as we sit on the bus, do the shopping, go on holiday.... ...Maybe I want music that is to do with place and time and occasion; music that we can only ever hear if we travel to one specific place at one special time. This does not mean Pink Floyd at Live8.