Ahh, what a tangled web the internet is… it continually amazes me how attached one can be to so many things that you may never have been near before, never even seen or heard in first-person, and yet, here they are…bizarre. Anyway, all this is to say that my first “artist of the hour” was not so much discovered as uncovered online. Like many people, I have a Facebook account, and on that deviously distracting time sink I also have the application known as iLike (which you can also find at http://ilike.com ).
If you have the iLike application, which I recommend with reservations (you should only bother with it if you want to be able to dedicate song snippets to friends or, like me, you are really perversely interested in finding unheard music) you can find free, legal mp3 downloads by (typically) unsigned artists by going into the application and clicking on the “Charts” tab. This will bring you to a page with a header titled “Recently Added Free MP3s (artist-uploaded)” followed by the listings of 5 or 6 songs. By clicking on the right-hand words “See All” below the header, you can retrieve a list with the 50 most recently uploaded songs on iLike. Granted, finding something you like is a bit of a crap shoot, but if you’ve got the patience to slog through it, you may be surprised at what you find.
Case in point, Josh Woodward.
Back in 2007, I was prowling around on iLike and found a song posted by Josh entitled “She Dreams in Blue.” \”She Dreams in Blue\” by Josh Woodward. After a couple listens, I decided it was worth downloading, clicked the “Free MP3” tab beneath the song title and became the proud owner of well, a song that only myself and 43 other people knew (this, at least, was his iLike fan count at the time). I took his name and looked it up on OurStage (http://www.ourstage.com ) only to find that, while he didn’t have music up, he was, amazingly enough, a judge and user of the site anyway (cue the opening strains of “It’s a Small World After All”). From OurStage, I found his personal page www.joshwoodward.com and learned that he gives away ALL of his music for FREE. Whoa.
A couple years later, and Josh has 5,271 iLike fans. Behold the power of the free mp3 and the internet!
For your listening pleasure, here are the shortcuts to a couple more of his tunes:
“Don’t Close Your Eyes” (2008)
“I’d Do Right By You” (2005)