It has to be said that on the rare occasions I do wonder into HMV it undoubtedly takes at the least 10 minutes to fight my way through video game props, Audrey Hepburn and Twilight boxsets, shitty slogan t-shirts and a bin of posters of entertainment celebrities that I can never really justify putting up on my wall, simply in order to curiously look between the corners and browse the Reggae, Jazz or Electronic ‘section’. You’d been pushed to find more than a handful of vinyls too.
”I thought this was a music shop…?” So that said, I am not surprised nor particularly saddened to hear the recent news.
I was told a few weeks back now and my first thought was ‘Well. over half the independent stores have closed already because of giants like you so taste your own medicine’ and yes, out of anger and sadness that independent/underground ( synonym; quality! ) have to suffer first and slowly but to look at the bigger picture, its quite something to prove the state of the music industry, which we all know is fighting to keep alive.
BUT, look around, think what narrates your emotions so frequently and all throughout life, any era, both in your personal space and when celebrating amongst tons of strangers. Its the music that unites you and in various disguises too!
So the industry may be falling down brick by bigger brick just as I for one am trying harder than ever to put my brick into that wall, I stand safe in the belief… no the assertion that the music industry may die, but music itself will never, and it will always bring people together, always. We just dont need to buy a CD anymore.
Buy a gig ticket instead !
AND SUPPORT INDEPENDENT
MIMS article here; http://www.musicismysanctuary.com/hmv-closes-shop-in-the-uk-for-the-moment/