When I was an adolescent there were only two ways to listen to a song at my convenience.
Either I waited patiently waited for the latest tune by Paul McCartney or Elton John to pop on Top 40 Radio stations like CFTR or 1050 CHUM or I had to buy the 45 or LP at A&A Records or Sam the Record Man.
I don’t doubt there are many artists, radio people and music industry folks who wish that was still the case, but technology marches on and it’s a waste of time and energy to hope for a return to the way things used to be.
After all, without the internet you would not be reading this blog.
I would have to be working at what was my dream job when I was a journalism student….a writer for Rolling Stone. Back then you would have mailed a letter to the editor telling RS that Johnny was full of shit. Or a genius who knew his shit.
As a teenager and young adult, I inserted cassette after cassette into my Alpine car stereo that probably cost as much as the used car I was driving at the time. A Pontiac Phoenix. Scrapped for $50 when it finally gave up the ghost.
In the mid to late ’80s cassettes were the convenient way to enjoy albums. Then came compact discs and the dreaded MP3s.
Free downloads via Limewire, Kazaa and torrent sites, often coming with viruses and at sample rates that gave us condensed and incomplete versions of the original recordings.
No, Gene Simmons, Tom Petty and John Mellencamp, we didn’t steal your music. We downloaded substandard files that were pale imitations of what you actually cut in the studio and regarded them as throwaway pieces of technology. Like an App we deleted weeks after downloading it.
I listen to music via satellite radio and Youtube….and terrestrial and internet radio to catch my show. Satellite because it features people who love playing and talking about music (Hey, Handsome Dick Manitoba and Eddie Trunk!) and Youtube because it’s….
Any song you can possible imagine is a click away.
Figure out a way to combine high quality and convenience and I’m all ears.