Photo re-blogged from Analog Tara’s Tumblr Site | June 19, 2011 | Tara writes: “My first record player, General Electric solid state portable, ca. 1970s, with first 45: Debby Boone’s “You Light Up My Life” (the 45 was a gift from a babysitter, I think). After sharing this photo on Facebook, I learned that many other women of my generation were rocking this same turntable back then…”
Imagine this. It’s 1977 and you’re living in a West Texas town of about 2,000 people. You’re 9-years-old and you and the rest of your friends — all Gen-Xers — are whiling away the summer listening to a new song called You Light Up My Life by Debbie Boone. During the second verse, the needle on your suitcase record player breaks. By the time your dad locates its replacement (in Los Angeles if you must know) two years have passed and you’ve moved on to 8-track tapes. Thank you, Peaches and Herb.
As Queen sang, the show must go on.
Gen-Xers and Changes in Music
As a kid, changes in music did not confuse me. The progression from pizza-size records (round licorice as one record store called them) to 8-track tapes to cassettes to CDs didn’t present any special problems for me. But, I have to admit, the iPod has been a difficult adjustment for me to make.
I always enjoyed getting a new cassette or CD. It was usually Springsteen, Garth Brooks or U2, and the cover almost always folded out to include lyrics, images and acknowledgements. I really miss that and the intimacy this feature helped create between the artist and me.
I know it’s been like 10 years, but, I’m still trying to adjust to music you consume through the almighty download. I just got my second iPod and I’m looking for new music. I’ll probably buy some Brett Dennen or maybe some Lady Gaga songs or Pink songs.
I gotta stay up on top of what’s gotten into kids these days. Ha!
I like to test sites like MP3Mixx that have a large music collection by searching for artists that are obscure or not popular anymore. With 3 million tracks, 250,000 albums and 50,000 artists it’s hard to stump them. I found Donovan’s Jennifer Juniper, but unfortunately not Hagood Hardy’s Jennifer, a song I found on a used album at a record store near the University of Oklahoma in the fall of 1986!
I think if you’re over 45 and you think of M & Ms when someone talks about Eminem songs, you should visit MP3Mixx and just type something in the search box that you like. I found one of my mom’s favorite songs, Scarlet Ribbons from 1949. All the downloads are cheap. I’d love to hear about favorite songs from your generation that you’re able to find.