Before the MTV revolution of the 80's, there were no music videos outside of whatever was recorded from live television. The first record that I ever received was â€œ I want you backâ€ by the Jackson 5. It was a cutout on the back of a box of Super Sugar Crisps. Shortly, after I received that first record, I received a phonograph to play 45 speed and 33 speed records. â€œI want you backâ€ is still my favorite song today.
We had the radio. This was our favorite musical instrument. I don't remember what my first album was. I know that in the 80's, I purchased a lot of long play records of hits that I liked. These were simply one song per side hits. Instead of 4 minutes of song, you got 8 minutes of song. Back in the 70's, Sunday afternoons were spent listening to America's Top 40 with Casey Kasem. I always would know where my favorite songs were ranking.
We would learn the words of all of our favorite songs so we can sing them. We would play them over and over and literally write down the words. Sometimes, this would take a while. On bright side, you would know the words to the song when you were done. You just had to hope that the song was popular enough to make it worth your while.
Most people under thirty these days don't even remember the cassette. I actually heard that it was coming back. We will see what happens. If you played cassette tapes repeatedly, they didn't last that long anyway. If you keep your albums and 45's clean, they lasted a while.
Fast forward to 2015, All the old songs I still like, I can get anytime I want via digital download. They don't go bad anymore. If a song stops playing well, you just download it again. If you look hard enough, you can find multiple variations of any song. Play what you like and delete what you don't want. Most storage devices these days hold enough songs where you can go to the moon and back without hearing the same song twice.
Remember, when the Walkman was king. Now, it is an antique sold on auction sites. You have XM/Sirius radio where you can get your time period of favorites and also some of your favorite artists. Right now, most of us can find all of our songs, if we remember them, just by searching.
Most people are willing to pay 99 cents or pay for a subscription to get their music. I can't blame them. I do the same. All of my music is on my phone now. If I got held up, I would give up everything and try to negotiate to keep my phone. What's wrong with me?
Think about it. In a few years, it will have changed even more. Although, first change may be that it just costs us more money to buy or download music. Sometimes, it is weird just going back as the first record I ever purchased was â€œMama Miaâ€ by Abba.