I think part of the reason for my slowdown this 50/90 is that I recently had a bit of a shock concerning how much new music is released every week.
Specifically, I recently came upon a website that every week lists all of the albums that have just come to Spotify.
I've long understood that lots of music is routinely released, especially in today's world, where technology is such that pretty much anyone can get in on the music game (like me!). But I wasn't prepared for these actual numbers.
On Friday, July 9, 2016, there were 2,956 albums added to Spotify. Two-thousand, nine hundred and fifty-six! In a single week!
If you include singles, there were a total of 10,837 releases!
This past Friday (7/16), there were 2,969 albums and 11,704 singles.
From perusing a few of the earlier weeks available on the Waybackmachine at the internet archive, these numbers seem pretty typical.
In just half an hour of exploration (which obviously barely scratched the surface), I found a number of swell performers I'd never heard of before. But in addition to my delight at all of the wonderful music available, I'm just a bit cowed too. There's just so much music out there, there's no way I could find or listen to everything I would like, even if I treated that as my full-time job. It's a bit depressing really.
And that's just from a listener's perspective. Even though I have no aspiration to ever achieve fame or fortune (or a single dollar) from my music, seeing these numbers made me realize just how "small" most of us are in the constellation of earthly musicians. That shouldn't stop me (or anyone) from making the music they want to make, of course. But it did give me a mental pause as I've mulled over this reality.
Oh well, back to work.