Sunday, December 03, 2006

everybody must get stoned

Now playing: "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" by Bob Dylan

I recently got an early Christmas present: an iPod! The first ever such thing I've ever owned. (Full disclosure: it's shared with my wife)

This little beast immediately screamed "feed me, Jeffrey!", and I have since been trapped in front of iTunes stuffing CD's into it. I feel like I have to catch up on the past five years or s0 of technological development.

Warning: the music you listen to, will never be the same once you have listened to it through ear buds will doing things like helping small children use the toilet.

It occurred to me that it's been a long time since Atlanta had an "oldies" station. How do kids these days find out about the Beatles and the Stones? Or for that matter, Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders or Gary "U.S." Bonds?

Maybe the answer is "the Internet", but I bet the truth is they only know what they hear on TV and movie soundtracks. And commercials. But how can they appreciate, for instance, that recent episode of Gilmore Girls which involved a brief music appearance of Jay and the Americans? That scene was based entirely on audience familiary with the song.

It will be interesting to hear what effect this has on popular music in the years to come.