See, I’ve known about Josh Woodward for pretty much the entire time I’ve listened to Creative Commons music, close to ten years now.
And I kept trying to listen to his music, now and then.
And… I just didn’t care for it. He clearly had musical chops, but something rubbed me wrong about his songs for a long time.
And so, I’ve never really promoted his work. Like, ever. Despite the fact that he’s like the flagship musician for Free Culture (along with Incompetech).
Well, after the Great Laptop Disaster earlier this year, I went and started rebuilding my CC music library, and I revisited a song of Woodward’s that I definitely liked from recently, “Airplane Mode”.
And yeah, it’s fun. And even if it retains a bit of the attitude I disliked in a number of his other songs, it’s well-camouflaged.
Then I listened to the whole album it came from, The Beautiful Machine. And this album, more than any of the previous ones, worked for me. The elements that rubbed me wrong previously do remain, but as with “Airplane Mode”, the songs are fun enough, and bury those elements deep enough, that I can easily ignore them.
And the songs are very fun.
So, finally, I am pushing some of his work. Without reservation. Hie the over and acquire it!
The Beautiful Machine by Josh Woodward is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.