I was listening to a tape called “Independence” by Iza tonight for a very simple reason – I could.
Why this tape? Because for another simple reason – I hadn’t listened to it in quite some time.
One thing I have learned over the years is to never get rid of music that you find that you like – mainly because if you ever did, then it may be harder to find later on. I find this is true even today in our digital age – some music is just too obscure to be found.
Remember the album “Bonk” by Big Pig? I had to look for some time to find another copy on tape, but eventually did. Surprisingly enough, these days you can find it on Amazon, eBay, and a few other places if you know where to look. Simon F’s “Gun” album is another niche release, as are quite a few artists I listen to. Most of the time, people ask who sings something, and then when I tell them, they still look puzzled, asking who that person or group is.
I know………people ask why I don’t listen to the radio these days. I answer that it’s for the same reason I didn’t listen to much radio after the 80’s – there just isn’t much on that I find interesting. The stuff that is usually played is popular to most of the current generation, and there isn’t anything relevant that is on there that really strikes any chords with me because too many current groups and artists are all sell-outs – just trying to make money with a record company, singing whatever the company tells them they need to sing about. I think that’s why people even today like 80’s music – it was a decade where people were told to write and sing what they felt about, so more original music came out during those years than pretty much most since.
In our modern age, there are ways of preserving your memories rather than trying to make sure you dust off your VHS tapes and cassettes to try and make sure they don’t degrade – get them converted to digital, which is my plan. That way, I can have the most esoteric and eccentric MP3 collection around (well……..at least around these parts).