While a project like this couldn’t really have been possible even a decade ago — part of what I think makes Certain Songs work is that I can embed a link to the actual song I’m writing about — the fact that I have listened to music in a multitude of formats over the past four decades has been a gating factor in which songs I write about.
Basically, not every song I would like to write about is available for me to listen to as I write about it. Or to share with you.
This seems especially true for 1980s indie vinyl: there are songs that I truly loved that just didn’t make the long, tumultuous journey from my turntable to the — SPOILER ALERT! Humblebrag coming! — 120,000 song, 700MB music library that I’ve got stored on multiple hard drives.