Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Spin Cycle: Musical Technology

My pocket is flashing a red light at me.
I have buds in my ears.
Go figure how this Nana has jumped into the 21st century.
I would say the modern age, but I think I am STILL a decade behind.
That is still better than still being stuck in the dark ages! LOL!

I remember when cassettes were the new thing to learn.
Heck daddy still had a Victrola with old 45’s.
The house had a LP record player built into the tv console.
Grampie still played 8 tracks in his car.

A Walkman was the thing to have.
You was a nobody, an ancient relic or an outcast without one.
Oh, and it had to be a yellow one.
Once you got it, you had to figure out how to use it.
Not to mention having to buy cassettes for it.
EXPENSIVE was the thing that hit me the most.

Later on…you finally get your house outfitted with a Stereo /LP turntable and Cassette player.
That was awesome and high class.
Now the learning of dubbing your LP’s to cassette.
Oh my, the awesomeness of that was incredible.
Then you move on to recording your favorite modern songs straight from the radio.
Before you know it your cassette library is just as big as your LP library.
All is well and grand, you feel soo hip.

Then comes along the CD.
How in the world did they do that?
A whole album on a tiny shiny disc.
I resisted their shininess for a great while.
Their cost was extreme for my pocketbook.
Cassettes were getting harder to find.

Alas the boycott on upgrading to the new fad was deflated by force.
The 45’s had melted, the LP’s were scratched and the cassettes were becoming obsolete.
What is a person to do but conform with the rest of the crowd.
A Walkman CD player was the next thing to have.

I bought my first CD single.
Madonna, of course!
Yes, about a decade after they first came out.
We then upgrade the house to a Radio /CD player with dual Cassette player.
All the lovely little tiny buttons to learn.
Oh yeah, we are styling now!
We finally caught up with the rest of the world.
We buy CD’s like crazy and again another library is born.
For a good long time things were great.

Then the day came when we was informed that we was still behind the times.
When did this happen?
Had it really been that long since the MP3 players had come out?
Yes folks, another near decade of getting too comfortable with the last fad.
When is this going to end???
Just as soon as I master the latest device, a new one is already going out of style.

Yes, I know…MP3 players are soo yesterday, but hey I finally got there!
I finally bought one about a month or so ago.
It’s not the new nice pretty ones, that looks like phones.
Nor is it one that shows me videos.
It is also not one of those teeny tiny microscopic things.

It’s about the size of a fat tube of lipstick, with five of the smallest buttons these fingers can handle.
Small enough for me!
And low and behold it now has about 20 songs on it.
Son in law helped this old lady out and I am now jamming again.
Lynard Skynard anyone? Or maybe some Eagles?
Okay I gottcha, you want some Phil Collins! Right?
I can’t wait to get some Georgie Porgie (aka George Strait) on it!!
I even have a (one song) Michael W. Smith.
My mom, sister, daughters, ect, ect… would be so proud!

So there ya have it,
I will forever be behind in the modern day technology, but I will eventually catch up.
I can hope, can’t I?!



Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

LOL - a Michael W Smith song -- you snuck that one by me! Which ONE did you get? - Jennifer

Heather said... [Reply to comment]

Jennifer...He keeps saying "Faith is rising tonight" in the beginning of the song.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Love Michael W. Smith, haven't listened for a while. I also found one by him that is totally instrumental, and it's really good.Skynard, Eagles, and Collins...yeah, we grew up about the same time!!!!! Don't feel bad about not keeping up with technology, I can't either. They keep inventing new stuff before I even get a chance to learnthe old stuff!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Oh, Heather, I think that song is "Mighty to Save".

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Yes - that would be Mighty to Save -- Bryan's fav!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Tyler's latest fav from Michael W Smith is: "The River is Rising - it's a FUN Fast song!

Sprite's Keeper said... [Reply to comment]

I'll admit that I still don't know how to download tunes, John does it all. My life would be a lot less musical without him. :-)
You're linked!

Tinkerschnitzel said... [Reply to comment]

I finally bought an MP3 player just for working out. Now I can't live without it. One more electronic to break down and force us to go crazy without it. Technology's great, huh?

Spot said... [Reply to comment]

I was the last person in my house to get an MP3 player. I asked for a simple one and got the one that does videos too. Last Christmas.

I also have Eagles and Phil Collins on mine. Some George Strait. And even some Rap. Guess I'm hip. LOL.


Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Catching up is over-rated. I was always ahead of the times, whatever was new and shiny I had to have it - bigger and bigger "boats". Now? No need and no use for any of the new "boats" - Me and my MAC laptop - that's all and yeah, an old Zen mp3 player with over the head headphones - those damn earpods never stay in and I hate them anyway.

Jerry said... [Reply to comment]

Heather -- I am trailing along so far behind you. I resisted mightily the CD. I would show them for continually changing stuff -- I would not bend! I bent. Now MP3. I'll show them -- I will not bend!

Maureen@IslandRoar said... [Reply to comment]

I don't know Heather, I'm pretty amazed by how our generation is striving to keep up! Your ditty here shows all the changes we've been thru just with music alone. I say we rock.

DrSoosie said... [Reply to comment]

Heather..you are so way ahead of me. While I do have an i-pod I am illiterate on the computer. It is a wonder I have a blog at all. I just learned how to cut and paste. So you now have met someone much further behind the times than you!!!


CaJoh said... [Reply to comment]

What I find disturbing is that with the changing times a lot of recorded material never gets transferred to the new format. This is true with movies as well as recorded music. I wonder how many great songs that were recorded onto wax cylinders are now lost forever.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

My kids finally got me an MP3 last year so I could use it when I walk. I still haven't figured out how to put songs on it1 I just use the radio part of it or play the few songs my kids put on there. Yeah,I', a dinosaur. And we have boxes and boxes of VHS movies in our garage. I have no idea why we're still holding on to those things. The tape has probably dry rotted by now! OH... and the first movies we bought I think we paid almost $150 for and you had to OWN a movie to trade one to "rent". Now does that date me or what?

Great spin and I can SO relate.