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The Dark Side of the Moon: 40 Years Later

Pink Floyd40 years ago I spent my $8.99 and purchased an LP record called “Dark Side of the Moon“. It was by Pink Floyd. I was an  owner of Pink Floyd albums prior to that, but nothing had prepared me for this.

This was before CD”s, but the deep rich sound of the LP was beyond just about anything I had heard until then. It was like the day I had bought Sgt. Peppers by the Beatles; there was anticipation for every sound and every song. There was so much in the tapestry of the music that it deserved many listening’s just to be sure there wasn’t any thing I was missing in the multi-layers of music and sound.

In those days even holding the “album” was an experience. And the cover was a unique, the words were there to consume and examine. There was the experience of putting the needle down on the platter, knowing that there was a 2nd side. Scanning through things was next to impossible…so you listened. But this album was too short. The entire album is under 43 minutes long.  Once you heard it you wanted to find your headphones and listen again.

It’s one of the best-selling albums of all times. It is complete. At that time an albums-worth of music was appreciated for the span of the music provided. Today’s idea of downloading a single song when you like was very far down the road. Even the singles of the time (45 rpm discs with 2 songs) were delegated to sugary pop songs at that time. This is something to appreciate. If you own it, go ahead and put it on and listen for 43 minutes – maybe even with headphones. Just get into it like it was a work of art. It is.

Perhaps others feel that way about their album experiences (not the song-but the album itself). You tell me. What was the album that changed your idea of music as you knew it?

 

Not My “Demographic”

Marketing in the Old DaysOver the years we have all been marketed to. Likely millions of products and services, piles of entertainment choices of music, books and movies. Mining the  “popular culture” that has become the goal of companies wanting your attention.

One of the things those marketing strategists focus on is taking a  look at is who things appeal to; Like what age bracket, what ethnic group, what income bracket, where you live and work.

Once they have “their demographic” target, they create the plan. The plan to appeal to that target, whether it is a teen, a tween, the young or the senior market among others –  there is a place to aim the message or the talent.

Maybe this happens to you:  My wife and I will see things on television or in advertising in magazines  or the web and wonder “who the heck would ever want that?”  Sometimes the media makes it seem that “everyone” is paying attention (but they aren’t) . They make it appear that every one is tuning in to the next “reality” show to see someone win or lose, or tune in to see things like Honey Boo-boo disgust us so we can feel better about our own lives.

As I get older I realize that these things aren’t designed to appeal to me (or my wife or others in my generation). This is not new actually- it has been happening since the dawn of the advertising age. From the earliest days of entertainment, from the beginning of the newspaper or selling soap, from Elvis or the Beatles to Justin Bieber. There is a plan on who will and will not “get it”… it will be something parents shake their head at (Elvis and his pelvis, John & Paul and those haircuts) , or kids wont ever understand about their parents . It just happens.

Are you part of the Generation X, Y or Z? Are you a baby-boomer? In the scheme of things in your busy life it likely doesn’t matter at all to you. But someone is thinking about what you want- so they can be sure to supply it and make their mark on the world by gaining profit or recognition. They are out there.

I remember when I was a kid The Who singing “My Generation”  and thinking it spoke for the voice of my peers. Listening to it now, it seems old and archaic – like “either burn out or fade away”  of the 60’s… or something.

In the end I have learned, I need to accept change as a challenge of my generation, like with each generation before and after me… all of whom are getting older and looking at those other demographics and wondering in amazement… who on earth would really like these things/why is that so popular? who would every buy that?

Accepting change is always the challenge of a generation- when it is happening so fast, maybe change itself is something the new generations find so appealing now?

So fellow bloggers and Internet surfers, what is that  is that for you?  

What is it that just is too hard to believe anyone should be interested in but seems so popular  What is that makes you ask the question “why” does that exist? (LEAVE A COMMENT)

Who cares?   You just don’t get it (maybe it’s not your demographic).

My Soundtracks

Posting answers from my last post where I asked what your answers would be- here’s mine (if it matters).

Music draws a lot into the motions of life, surrounding you with feelings and memories that are indelible.

Music Notes

Liberally borrowing from a recent Entertainment Weekly magazine I challenge each of you (if music is part of your life at all like it is for me ) to answer the following & post it back on comments or on your site and “share”.

 

 

 

What are the songs that make up the Soundtrack of Your Life?

  1. The first song I was ever obsessed with: I Want To Hold Your Hand- The Beatles
  2. The first album I ever bought with my own money: Introducing the Beatles ( on Vee Jay label)
  3. The song that reminds me of my first love: Sunshine Superman by Donovan
  4. The first song I ever sang in front of people: Away in a Manger (Christmas concert)
  5. The artist people don’t know I am a fan of: Dixie Chicks
  6. My go-to karaoke jam: Babe by Styx
  7. The album that reminds me of home: Sweet Baby James by James Taylor
  8. The album that I will never get tired of, no matter how often I hear it: In Transit by Jack’s Mannequin
  9. The song(s) I listen to to get pumped up: Currently: Madness by Muse
  10. The song that I wish I had written (and would have been famous for):  Won’t Get Fooled Again by The Who
  11. The album I want played at my funeral:  Deja Vu by CSNY
  12. My #1 favorite holiday song: Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

You can explain yourself if you want to as to why you chose it. Just play along!  Their are NO wrong answers. 

Go ahead.  But be sure to share on your site or in the comments for others to see… and provide a LINK.

The First Time I Heard The Music

The Soundtrack of Your LifeThe “First Time” for Music. There are so many first times in one persons’ life you could dedicate a book to it. Since music is a theme, I wanted to recall some of my best firsts with music that changed me forever. My top 5 Albums. What albums have changed your life? Made an indelible impression on you forever?

1 Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band: I held it in my hands that summer day and listened to it over and over and read the words (they included the fickin words) and stared at the cover. I didn’t have the money for the stereo version- I bought the mono version. It didn’t matter, I was consumed by it. It still amazes me every time I listen to it end to end. It seems like a much longer album, but it wasn’t that long from begining to end.

2 Who’s Next: I blew a set of speakers because of this album. I think it was on “Baba O’Rielly”, but it maybe could have been “Won’t Get Fooled Again”. I can’t tell you how great it is that all of my teenagers love this album as much as I did in 71. They totally get how it influenced what they listen to today. It still makes sense even now. The songs. The lyrics. The music. Since then I can recall just one other time jacking up my speakers: Blink 182.

3 Ziggy Stardust and Spiders from Mars: What Sgt Peppers did in its day, Bowie helped glam rock and all that it would be. It captures the heart of Velvet Underground and what would be the rest of the Mott the Hoople/T Rex/Lou Reed evolution. Even though there were better albums in that era in some pieces, this was the complete damn record.

4 Innervisions: Stevie Wonder man- in the way that this album was constructed is like some sort of opera for the inner city, but also like a painting, or a movie. It stands as a work of art. The album influenced the word of soul, funk, and everything that came after that. It influenced me by taking me beyond rock for the first time in a way that Motown music had not done before that.  

5 Hotel California: The first time I heard this, I was in denial. I had heard the Eagles first album and it was stacked up with the America album in my collection. Then I listened to this album. It was the way that they captured the essence of California, and all that it meant to be the cool part of the next decade. The 60’s were behind us, this was the cool 70’s and this was the new band to take it there.

My top 5 list (of 50). Believe me when I say that there are a dozen really great contemporary albums on my personal list. I will forever be a Copeland fan (Beneath the Medicine Tree) and as emo it seems it is…Dashboard Confessional (A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar) or Something Corporate (North) or Jack’s Mannequin (Everything in Transit). Yes there is Dylan, Joni, Frank Zappa, the jazz of Dave Bruebeck or Miles Davis and others from the era gone by I guess- makes me feel old when I don’t feel old. But there they were. 

Just bear with me here, music is the paintbrush that creates moments in time like pictures and the recollections that are always there. What are yours?

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