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   Hi, welcome to the Spotter Stats Blog.

   So, why stats? Why would anyone want to have Stats for Music?

   Well, why have stats for weather, or stocks, or baseball?

   It’s like: remember that movie with Brad Pitt called: "Moneyball?" It was about that manager who used Stats, even inventing NEW Stats, to completely change how Baseball is played and won.

   See, he believed, that while nothing can replace a ballplayer's instincts, eyes, and skills, maybe studying the Stats, and paying attention to stuff other people weren’t paying attention to, he could give his small market team a little bit of an edge. And I mean, it worked! He got the edge, at least he got it for as long as it took the rest of baseball to catch up with him.

   With this in mind, I don’t see why we shouldn’t have stats for music too.

   Why shouldn’t we try to pay attention to what people are doing on the radio, in the same way as people pay attention to markets, or weather patterns, or the ball-field?

   Again, just like a ballplayer, nothing can replace a musician’s instincts, ‘ears’, and skills either. But in the same spirit as the "Moneyball" phenomenon, this blog aims to take stats, and use them, to lay out as many of music’s Tonal Trends as we can, everything that might give musicians broader insights into how the ‘game’ of music is played.

   So, do you want to know what the most popular chords and tempos were in the 60s vs. the 80s? What about the Tonal Trends of The Beatles, using just the stats from their songs?

   Just like the number of songs out there is virtually endless, the possibilities for Tonal Trend Spotting are also endless—any question you can think of.

   For now, we’ll just have videos and charts, but eventually, I hope to find a way to make the database into some kind of Music Stats Wiki!

   That would be pretty cool don’t you think?

   In closing, how about these stats: according to the National Association of Music Merchants, The U.S.A. alone has 190,162 employed musicians, and about 73 million musicians who play for fun. Which means, roughly 24% of the population makes music.

   So, if you are one of the 24%, or would like to be, I’m asking—Stats for music: are you in?

   Well, whether you are or not, Thanks for watching, and let’s get spotting.