Tuesday, August 9th, 2005

Tunes and the march of time


Joey Devilla, who runs the always entertaining blog Adventures of Accordion Guy in the 21st Century, is ruminating on how even though he’s edging towards 40 he’s not going to sink into the typical “ah, screw it, I’ll just listen to the crap I liked when I was 15” syndrome that comes with getting older. To that end, he lists some of the stuff in his iTunes playlist.

I’m in much the same boat. I don’t believe in just backsliding into the swamp of 80’s hits that defined my youth, so I usually take a little bit of effort to go looking for new stuff. And the Internet makes searching for new sounds easy. You can always preview tracks in the iTunes Music Store, or go onto MP3.com and use their Musicvine tool, and there’s also a ton of internet-based radio out there of every stripe. I haven’t owned a radio since I got back to Vancouver, and I don’t think I’ll bother. I can get CBC, BBC and NPR on my computer, so why take up space, power and listening time with something that only gets one good station and otherwise pollutes the atmosphere with top-40 pap?

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

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