The Music Box is a subscription box that sends you new music every month.Depending on subscription level, you receive at least one CD and a download. I just got my first shipment, and am quite happy.
As a subscription box junkie, I was overjoyed when Cratejoy ran a 50% off special last month. I promptly ordered several 6-month subscription of “Singer/Songwriters” thinking about old school folks like James Taylor and Jackson Browne, maybe Tori Amos and Loreena McKennitt; perhaps Gabe Dixon or Jamie Cullum.
It was none of that, and I’m definitely not disappointed, and certainly surprised!
Subscriptions for The Music Box are affordable even for a music-hungry college student; I think I smell the potential for a great Christmas or birthday gift here. The subscriptions start at $3.month for a digital envelope, and go up to $15 for a bundle. I settled on the middle ground with “The Box.” at $12/month. This includes free shipping, two CDs, genre choices, and more.
This Month’s CDs
The two CDs this month were older releases – that was a surprise. I figured the music would be mostly newer – as in 2016 music. Nope.
Of Heroin and Harlequins is the 2014 (!) debut release from Rockford, Illinois acoustic storytelling trio In All Honesty. Also from 2014 is Neverland by Mackenzie Shivers is also from 2014. I have been so blasted busy lately that I haven’t had a chance to really let either of these CDs sink in. Do you know what I mean?
When I get new music, I will play it over and over and over until it really sinks deep into my soul. So that that music goes with me everywhere I go. That hasn’t happened with either of the feature CDs – thus far. No telling when that may happen.
I have to say that I want to see two different things from Music Box. First, a prettier mailing package. This shipped in a plain, white cardboard box with “The Music Box” and the Instagram and Twitter accounts stamped on the cover. The cardboard box was placed into a plastic mailer, and that’s how it arrived at my house. While the box and mailer are efficient, they’re not -ahem- beautiful. And because this is beautiful, awesome, amazing new music, I’d prefer different – more colorful – packaging.
Second, some kind of introduction to each of the things in the package. Many boxes include a one page summary of what’s included this month: “We’ve included a CD from This Great Singer and another CD from A New Band. There’s also a digital download from Awesome Songwriter.” And then perhaps a sentence telling me about each person: “This Great Singer is based in Hoboken, New Jersey and learned to sing in a church choir. Find out more about This Great Singer at the website, Twitter account, Instagram account, and CD Baby account.” These simple additions would really help introduce people to these fabulous new musicians.
For example, I really didn’t understand the sticker for Parks Landing. I had to google to figure out what it meant. Parks Landing Seafood Restaurant? Highly unlikely. But it didn’t take me too long to figure out that there was an indie rock/pop band called Parks Landing from Baltimore, Maryland – near the Parks Landing Seafood Restaurant.
Showing my totally clueless 54-years, though, really came into play with the business card for Jessie Standaford. It invited me that lets me redeem something at Bands On A Budget, but didn’t tell me what; nor did it give me the steps to obtain the download. Eventually I figured out how to download the single – and I really liked it. Let’s face it, anything that starts with a group “Om” and has a “tribal/conscious” vibe is definitely my kind of thing. Buy her music here.
And Then There’s Ozonna
Super easy to understand (even for this old lady – ha!) was the simple insert for the free download of Ozonna‘s “Believe It To See it” EP. I loved the title track – velvet vocals, hypnotic beat, uplifting message:
Get The Music Box
The box also included a “Music Is Life” postcard and Dubble Bubble gum. So for $12/month, I got two full-length CDs, a digital single, an EP plus Dubble Bubble gum. I’m delighted.