Posted by pete on 21st January 2005
OK. It’s almost 4:30 AM now. 4:30 _AM_. I shouldn’t be posting anything, but, hey, I’m here, so guess what? I’m gonna.
I’m stuck in the iTunes Music Store. So many songs. So many good songs. So many good songs that I have somewhere or had. I used to love music. I’d listen to all kinds and tons of new stuff. Some actually stuck. It was great. Now, I hardly ever listen to music, just NPR.
What happened? I think it’s the environment. Back in college, both undergrad and grad, and, to a lesser extent, high school, I was surrounded by new music and got exposed to all kinds of interesting stuff, but now, after leaving the colllege environment, it’s gone. Since leaving that ivory tower, I’ve lived in the Albany, NY-area and have spent several (one, two… holy crap! I’ll have been down here nine years next month!) in northern Virginia, just outside of D.C. The only music I’ve been able to surround myself with has been commercial radio. In Albany, it wasn’t bad; I had 102.7 WEQX, which — at least then — played a lot of great, varied music. I’d hear everything from bluegrass to metal.
D.C., on the other hand, has just crap crap crap radio. So much so, that I’ve had to shut most music out and just listen to an NPR station. Every-so-often, I’ll hear some interesting music on All Things Considered or whatnot, but mostly, just talk. Mind you, it’s great talk, but it doesn’t move me in the same way as music.
I miss that part of me. I spend time going through the ITMS and it reminds me of that kind of discovery. It reminds me of all that good music out there that, because of the complete blandness of 99% of the radio stations out there, nobody’s gonna here. In the ITMS, I hear songs I haven’t heard in years and all kinds of memories come back over me. It’s so nice to revisit those times of my life (with the comfortable buffer of the years between…) that the music takes me back to. I need to try to re-connect to that.
I was out in L.A. last June and drove around quite a bit. Well, I didn’t quite drive much, but I spent a lot of time in the car. At least they had some good radio. I was flipping around betwen one or two _real_ alternative radio stations and NPR. It was a blast! Lots of new music. I even heard a Morrissy tune without wanting to hurl. Amazing….
Lisa, Grace, and I were visiting my parents and sisters (and new brother-in-law!) in Tucson in September. My mom had recently gotten a new car with XM radio. Dad, Lisa, Grace, and I took a drive up Mt. Lemmon one afternoon. Since Lis was driving, she (we got to control the radio. Much to dad’s shagrin, we listened to a lot of Fred. That was pretty good, but, in respect to dad (and Grace’s ears), we didn’t turn the volume up much beyond “barely audible,” so we didn’t get a good sample. I wonder if getting XM would help. I’m trying to think of other, cheaper, things I could do to get that spark ignited again, but I’m coming up blank. OK, at this time of the morning, most things come up blank in my brain. I’ve got to get to sleep…