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Musical Evolution

As music has evolved, so has the process of recording and distributing to the masses.  We can now download music to our phones, computers, and portable music devices.  The fact that I can carry my entire musical collection electronically on a gadget that is no larger than a deck of cards is crazy.

Technology has certainly advanced the music industry and created a more diverse consumer market but I wonder if the immediacy of the process has made us less informed about the music that we claim to love.

Being close to 40, I made the following musical format progression:

  1. 45’s
  2. LP’s
  3. Tapes
  4. CD’s
  5. Digital Files

In the halcyon days of my youth (pre high school), I could not wait to go and buy the latest album from my favorite band (Rush, Styx) and go home, analyze both sides of the cover, check out the linear notes, and drop it on the record player.  I had the cool Panasonic stereo that had a tape player (that recorded) so I could make a tape of the album and put it in my Boom Box and walk around the neighborhood.

I would wait all week to listen to Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 on Sunday afternoons and hope to hear my favorite song.

In high school, I had a huge collection of cassettes and would carefully select which ones I would load in my 48 tape carrying case.  And by carrying case, I mean luggage.  This thing was huge, had two handles and Velcro straps on both sides.  The stereo in my first car was worth more than the car itself.  I had the awesome tape deck that would actually fast-forward or rewind by song and a digitally tuned radio.  I was cool!

In college, along comes the small, thin, circular beauty of the Compact Disc, affectionately known as the CD.  It was revolutionary.  You would carefully place the CD on its tray, push a button and watch it disappear and then crisp, clear, CD quality sound emanated from the speakers.  The case was thin, square, and easily stackable.  The carrying case for multiple CD’s was thin, rectangular, and easily portable. As the technology progressed, there would be artwork on the disc, and the beauty of all beauties, the hidden track. 

Enter the digital age!  I embraced the digital age and purchased several MP3 players before I fell victim to the siren song of the iPod.  I own several iPods and a variety of docking stations to play them at home, work, in the truck, etc…

I am a fan of the portability of digital files however; I still buy CD’s in mass quantity.  To me, there is something pure about going into a record store, perusing the racks of music, and selecting a few must have items.  I still examine the covers, read linear notes, and enjoy every minute of each musical discovery.

Today, my kids have iPods!  The only albums they have ever seen are the few that I have left in my collection.  Record players and cassettes are completely foreign to them.  They have an awareness of CD’s but do not own any.  They like to purchase and download individual songs. 

As parents, we always want better for our children.  We want to afford them the opportunities we never had, we want to teach them from our mistakes, we want to raise them to lead a joyful, fulfilling existence. 

With all that is right with their world, I can’t help but feel a bit sad knowing that they will never have the kind of musical experience that I had as a child. 

Great music awaits!


DFW Concert Schedule

Hello dear reader,

If you are a local, and by local I mean in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, then today’s blog will be most helpful.  If you are not local, then thanks for checking out the page today.

Here is a list of concerts for the summer concert season.  All listings are as of today.  Hope this helps you in your musical endeavors!

 

Alicia Keys 4/2/2010 Nokia Theatre
Bon Jovi 4/10/2010 American Airlines Center
Bon Jovi 4/11/2010 American Airlines Center
Vampire Weekend 4/11/2010 House of Blues Dallas
Pat Metheny 4/13/2010 Nokia Theatre
Chris Botti 4/15/2010 Nokia Theatre
Owl City 4/17/2010 Nokia Theatre
Puddle of Mudd 4/19/2010 House of Blues Dallas
Porcupine Tree 4/20/2010 House of Blues Dallas
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons (Rescheduled from 2/23/2010) 4/22/2010 Bass Performance Hall
George Clinton 4/22/2010 House of Blues Dallas
Dierks Bentley 4/25/2010 Billy Bobs
Jeff Beck 4/25/2010 Nokia Theatre
David Sedaris 4/26/2010 McFarlin Auditorium
Tony Bennett 4/26/2010 Myerson Symphony
Tony Bennett 4/27/2010 Myerson Symphony
Coheed And Cambria 4/29/2010 The Palladium Ballroom
Blue October 4/30/2010 House of Blues Dallas
Celtic Woman 5/1/2010 Nokia Theatre
Norah Jones 5/4/2010 Music Hall at Fair Park TX
Gipsy Kings 5/5/2010 House of Blues Dallas
Straight No Chaser 5/6/2010 McFarlin Auditorium
Bill Gaither 5/8/2010 Fort Worth Convention Center
Ben Folds 5/9/2010 House of Blues Dallas
Ralphs World 5/9/2010 House of Blues Dallas
A Day to Remember with August Burns Red and Silverstein 5/11/2010 The Palladium Ballroom
Styx with Foreigner and Kansas 5/12/2010 Nokia Theatre
Nickelback with Breaking Benjamin and Sick Puppies 5/15/2010 American Airlines Center
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Joe Cocker 5/15/2010 Superpages.com Center
Jordin Sparks 5/18/2010 House of Blues Dallas
Indigo Girls 5/28/2010 House of Blues Dallas
Brooks and Dunn with Jason Aldean 5/29/2010 Superpages.com Center
LOS TRES: Alejandro Fernandez with Joan Sebastian and Marco Antonio Solis 5/30/2010 American Airlines Center
Maxwell and Jill Scott 6/8/2010 American Airlines Center
Iron Maiden 6/9/2010 Superpages.com Center
Country Throwdown Tour 6/10/2010 Superpages.com Center
Montgomery Gentry 6/10/2010 Superpages.com Center
Tim McGraw 6/12/2010 Superpages.com Center
Mingo Fishtrap 6/19/2010 House of Blues Dallas
Doobie Brothers and Chicago 6/25/2010 Superpages.com Center
Jenni Rivera 6/25/2010 Nokia Theatre
Sting 6/26/2010 Superpages.com Center
Vans Warped Tour 7/3/2010 Superpages.com Center
Justin Bieber 7/5/2010 Nokia Theatre
Michael Buble 7/18/2010 American Airlines Center
Lady Gaga 7/22/2010 American Airlines Center
Robert Plant and The Band of Joy 7/23/2010 Morton H. Meyerson
Brad Paisley 8/7/2010 Superpages.com Center
Jackson Browne 8/13/2010 Nokia Theatre
Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival featuring Korn and Rob Zombie 8/13/2010 Superpages.com Center
Jack Johnson 8/17/2010 Superpages.com Center
Green Day with AFI 8/26/2010 Superpages.com Center
Sheryl Crow 8/26/2010 Nokia Theatre
John Mayer 9/4/2010 Superpages.com Center
Honda Civic Tour featuring Paramore 9/10/2010 Nokia Theatre
Dave Matthews Band 9/11/2010 Superpages.com Center
Kings of Leon 9/23/2010 Superpages.com Center
Sugarland 10/8/2010 Superpages.com Center
 

Great music awaits!


Guilty Pleasures!

Today we are going to talk about guilty pleasures.  Musically, that is.  Monday’s blog got a lot of great reaction and so today we are going to bare our soul and let loose our dirty little musical secrets.  Clearly, we have some love for David Cassidy and Howard Jones. 

Several people readily admitted that they did/do listen to some of the music that resides on the list of music you should not listen to.  The majority of those people also admitted that they listened to it when it was new and fresh and did not have the open disdain that might be associated with it today. 

However, we all have hidden secrets that we keep hidden deep on our iPod or tucked away on an unmarked CD.  There are also songs that we are connected to that we will roll the windows down, open the sun roof, or drop the rag top and crank up the tunes.  What are the songs that you will sit in the car, risk being late, and listen/sing until it is over?  What are the songs that you clandestinely listen to but do not or would not openly lay claim to? 

For today’s blog, we will have three; count them, 1, 2, 3 categories:

  1. Top(car, not clothing) down & loud
  2. Sit in car and be late
  3. Guilty & A Little Ashamed

Below are some of my guilty musical pleasures:

Artist Song Category Own CD
R.E.M. It’s the End of the World As We Know It (and I Feel Fine) Top Down & Loud & Sit in Car Yes
Bon Jovi Blaze of Glory Guilty & A Little Ashamed No
Elton John Little Jeanie Sit In Car Yes
Cinderella Don’t Know What You Got Tell It’s Gone Sit In Car No
Corey Hart Sunglasses at Night Guilty & A Little Ashamed No
Tom Petty Break Down Top Down & Loud Yes
Violent Femmes Blister In the Sun Top Down & Loud Yes
Van Halen Right Now Sit In Car & Guilty & A Little Ashamed Yes
Stevie Nicks & Don Henley Leather & Lace Sit In Car & Guilty & A Little Ashamed Yes
Styx Renegade Top Down & Loud Yes
Foreigner Juke Box Hero Guilty & A Little Ashamed Yes
Journey Wheel In the Sky Top Down & Loud Yes
Beck Loser Top Down & Loud Yes
Butthole Surfers Pepper Top Down & Loud Yes
The Cult She Sells Sanctuary Top Down & Loud Yes
Elton John Tiny Dancer Top Down & Loud & Sit in Car Yes
Faith No More Epic Top Down & Loud Yes
Fine Young Cannibals Good Thing Guilty & A Little Ashamed Yes
Five For Fighting Superman (It’s Not Easy) Sit In Car & Guilty & A Little Ashamed Yes
Gin Blossoms Hey Jealousy Top Down & Loud Yes
Grateful Dead Touch of Grey Top Down & Loud & Sit in Car Yes
David & David Welcome to the Boomtown Sit in Car Yes
Billy Squier The Stroke Guilty & A Little Ashamed Yes
Charlie Sexton Beat’s So Lonely Guilty & A Little Ashamed No
The Moody Blues The Voice Guilty & A Little Ashamed No
Glenn Frey Smuggler’s Blues Guilty & A Little Ashamed No
REO Speedwagon Time for Me To Fly Guilty & A Little Ashamed No
Night Ranger Sister Christian Guilty & A Little Ashamed No

Great music awaits!