A few days ago, I had dinner* with the publicist of a certain famous opera singer. The conversation went something like this:
Publicist: “My artist is the most talented person I’ve ever worked with. Did you listen to their new album?”
Me: “I tried to. I got five tracks in and had to turn it off. The singing was really good, but the sequence of massive arias just got a bit overhwhelming.”
Publicist: “Yeah. I can’t listen to it all the way through either – but it is really good.”
Possible conclusions here include:
1) A large potential customer base exists, made up of people with a greater incentive to listen to the record than two people who have worked hard to rise to the top of their respective professions so they can get paid to listen to it.
2) We probably shouldn’t make records that we can’t even bring ourselves to listen to.
* I had the risotto. No foam 😉