Monday, May 15, 2017

Thank Goodness For YouTube

I have almost no musical ability. I took piano for a few years and played clarinet in band, but I was never good at either one. And I can sing about 3 notes. My brother got all of that. He taught himself guitar, had a rather successful high school garage band, and wins karaoke contests even now.

But I was devoted to music. I had a huge cassette collection with the brief-case style carrier that went with me everywhere. I was a champion at recording songs on the radio- it takes patience, like fishing, to catch that sought after song and hit the right combination of buttons at just the precise moment!

And then I listened over and over, trying to figure out the words, writing them down. Life before Goggle! Kids today don't know the hours of frustration fun they're missing!

I still have all those tapes, scattered in boxes here and there, although I doubt they play. Every now and again, I pull one out and give it a try. There is still that occasional gem--but most just squeal and get tossed in the trash. I hope the shelf-life on CDs is longer!


the dogs' mother said...

Eldest son had a high school band. When they made their first
CD I thought I would transcribe the words before I sent the CD
to the grandparents. Ooops. Decided against that.

Bob Slatten said...

When someone asks of I play a musical instrument, I reply. "The radio?"