I was sitting in DuPont Circle last night waiting to meet up with friends for dinner. I was listening to my iPod and watching people head home from work. I’m not sure how I started thinking about this well I have some idea my thought was about how important music is in life.
amazing to have my iPod with almost 13,000 songs on it. How wonderful it is to have my music in this little
device and being able to listen to it anytime I want to (as long as I
remember to keep it charged).
I started thinking it didn’t use to
be that way. There was the portable CD player. You could play a CD of
music at a time. Your access to music was limited by how many CD you
could carry. Then there was the Walkman. More flexibility in that you
could make you own tapes of the songs you wanted. Sort of your own
personal version of the shuffle button. But you have to make the tapes
yourself either from CDs or records. Remember all the different grades
of tapes you could buy. I remember the huge space at Tower Records
devoted to tapes. I think chrome was the most expensive one. I have to
say I’m not sure you could tell all that much difference in the sound
quality unless you bought a really really cheap tape.
But then I
thought back to before even the Walkman. There was the boom box. Before
that the transistor radio. The radio was about it. And with that you had
to wait for the station to play the songs you liked. It was also the
time of listening to records on your stereo. If you were lucky one you
were able to buy and put in your own room.
It got me thinking
about the first album I bought for myself. Not a 45 or something you got
off a cereal box (remember those!). But a real actual album which
probably cost all of $5 bucks. The first album I bought was Close to You
by the Carpenters. I’d seen them on TV (I think it might have been the
Carol Burnett Show) and really like the song Close to You. I bought the
album at Lakehurst Shopping Center. It was the only mall around. There
wasn’t a record store in the mall so I bought it at department store.
I’m not sure which one. Maybe it was Montgomery Wards. I do very
distinctly remember taking the album out of the rack and walking to the
cash register to buy it.
I believe somewhere in my house is that
album. When I moved into my house I got rid of almost all of my albums.
It just didn’t make sense to move them. I saved a few. I have to say I
regret throwing out a couple. Because some things you still cannot get
from Amazon (either as a digital download or a CD) or from iTunes.
My point to all of this is just how wonderful it is to have this device with the music you love on it that you can hear at anytime. Listening can pick you up if you are having a bad day or make a good day even better.