Finding time to listen to music

“Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day,” Pink Floyd.

“Too much time on my hands,” Styx.

“Time is on my side,” The Rolling Stones.

I love music. I rarely have time to listen to it. It’s almost always on in my house but music is often running in the background while I’m doing something else. As I type this, there’s a Santana number I don’t recognize flowing from the speakers via Sirius/XM Deep Tracks.

When I was 18 I’d rush home with a new album, throw it on the turntable and give all my attention to this new collection of songs…and I’d listen intently to every track.

Because there weren’t any distractions.

No TV universe offering hundreds of channels. No internet. No internet porn. No texting. No Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tinder or Youtube.

No, it seems hard to fathom that I plopped down on the couch and focused….for up to 20 minutes before I hd to flip the record over…on music. Nothing in my hand but the occasional bag of chips or glass of Coke.

I feel sorry for new artists because, even with the power of social media and the convenience of making their music available, how will they convince people to pay attention? Never mind worrying about being paid for their creations, the trick is to stand out from the ever-expanding crowd and get people to click the PLAY button.

Which, I guess, is why people only have time for streaming and Youtube plays.

Taylor Swift can sell albums because she’s an industry unto herself. The only genuine pop superstar in a category of one, peering down from her lofty perch at all the rest who don’t have the Swiftian backing or clout for an all-out media assault that makes them impossible to avoid.

Even the non-story of Taylor and crew pulling everything off Spotify was part of the blitz. Another way to get her in the news for something Swift likely doesn’t give two hoots about.

“What’s it called? Sporty…Stupify? Who cares, what’s happening with my Revlon contract?”

She doesn’t need those spins….now. Lesser artists aren’t as lucky so all I can hope is they find an audience. Mobile devices will continue to be  major distractions and, as the gap between the haves and the have-nots increases people will be working longer and having even less time for music appreciation.

Bummer, huh?

Well, I’ll close this in the hope that younger generations find a way to get each to put their phones down long enough to pay attention to a song or performance (and stop posting cam phone concert videos, they suck ass!). Us old farts look forward to whatever you’re coding…while texting, checking Instagram, Tinder and watching some reality show.

About johnnymaraca

host of Johnny Maraca's Rock & Roll Riot, the rockingest show on the radio. 60 years of rockin' rhythm and blues, from the late '40s pioneers like Louis Jordan to Elvis, Chuck Berry, CCR, Stray Cats, Ramones and tons more. Friday and Saturday nights at 7 on 97.7 the Beach, listen live at http://977thebeach.ca, and WRSG in Middlebourne, West Virginia, Tuesdays 6-8 pm.
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