It’s safe to say we are in some pretty strange and unprecedented times at the moment and everyone is having to adjust to life without social contact meaning that for a lot of us feeling isolated and anxious is a pretty common occurrence.
Despite the change in circumstances people are still coming together to celebrate their favourite albums and find new ones they may not have heard before in the form of Twitter listening parties set up by Lead singer of The Charlatans Tim Burgess.
When talking to the BBC Burgess said “I just thought if I include some people that I know who would be into it – like Bonehead (Oasis), or Alex Kapranos from Franz Ferdinand, or Ride, or Dave Rowntree from Blur, then that’s the first week sorted!” He also added that he “thought it might be big”
It certainly did get everyone talking as on the second week the hashtag (#TimsTwitterListeningParty) was trending on Twitter with people reminiscing about times gone by but others proclaiming how excited they are to find an artist they haven’t heard before.
I think the enjoyment for me comes through connecting with others much like you would if you went to a live show but from the safety of your home as well as listening to an album in it’s entirety which is something that lots of us don’t do anymore because streaming services have meant there’s more choice when it comes to music than ever before and whilst this is exciting it takes away the privilege of being able to listen to a full body of work and really connect with it.
What’s clear is how these listening parties bring delight and sheer excitement to fans around the world even in these times and that listening to the albums together even though we may be physically apart evokes memories of happiness for all.
I’d love to know if you’ve been locked in to these listening parties or whether your going to go and check it out after reading this so let me know in the comments. If you do get involved in the listening parties tag me in your tweets (@official_faithm) so I can read your thoughts and memories.
To find out more you can go to https://timstwitterlisteningparty.com/ or follow @tim_burgess on twitter.