Good Music Doesn’t Get Old
With the creation of iTunes, the classic stereo system has been boxed up and hidden away. Apple has given us the ease of uploading our music collection to the computer and the ability of creating massive playlists. In my case, the Yamaha receiver and CD Player has been replaced by a MacBook Pro, a ProTools sound card and a pair of Mackie HR824’s. Quite honestly the music has never sounded better.
It took nearly a year to upload my entire library and transfer it over to an external hard drive where it now lives. Those sleepless nights were worth it for many enjoyable hours of listening pleasure.
However, recently it became apparent that this ease has taken away from the listening experience. In today’s chaotic music environment it’s no secret that album sales are way down. Listeners are fickle and just download their favorite tracks off a release. It is almost becoming a task to find new artists that have the ability to create what will become a “Classic Album” containing 45 minutes of straight sonic pleasure.
My upload chore gave me the opportunity to hit play, select shuffle and listen to an entire catalog of any band I desired. This was great for many years until a few months ago, I started to feel that something was missing. My favorite bands seemed to have suddenly lost their vibe. I knew that good music doesn’t get old and discovered that sometimes it can get lost in the shuffle.
Now instead of piling hundreds of songs into a file, I started to create playlists for each CD. I cannot believe what a pleasure it is to hear an album from start to finish, the way it was intended to be heard. Why don’t you give it a try with The Beatles “Abbey Road”, Roxy Musics’ “Avalon” or Cheap Tricks debut album of the same name. For me it was as if I was hearing these albums again for the first time and immediately found that “missing vibe”.