“Maybe decades ago you could aim your songs at a mass market, but music does not really have one of those anymore. Artists have to figure out whom they’re speaking to and where they’re speaking from. The rest of us do the same. For better or worse, it’s all identity now.” In a collection of essays paired with music, the NYT Magazine shares 25 Songs That Tell Us Where Music Is Going. (Nothing is as unnerving as aging into a demographic where getting music recommendations from the NYT doesn’t seem like a half bad idea.)