Keeping up with technology without forgetting the classics

Everybody loves music. Admittedly, I know of a number of people who like what can only be loosely described as music, but it still is music.

I like a lot of old music. Not as in music from the forties and fifties, but music from the seventies and eighties. There are some people who will go crazy over a song when it first comes out, claim it is their favourite, and then disregard it as out of date once it’s been out for three weeks or so.

Of course, there are a fair few people I know who do like older music, but a few weeks ago I had to remind a friend who MGMT were – she’d forgotten them just because they hadn’t released anything for a little while, even though Kids was one of her favourite songs. She wouldn’t know what I meant if I started talking about The Cure or Rick James.

This is happening less though – that I’ve noticed – and I suppose it could be down to iPods and MP3 players. Because you can download so many songs onto them, you could put something on there and forget about it for months until you find it again. I have the extra advantage of not knowing how to delete songs from mine, so I find all kinds of bands and artists hiding away in there.

To be honest, the only problem I have is finding music to put on my MP3 player. I don’t spend much time buying CDs to upload to it, so I don’t have any music that’s been newly released – the newest album I have on my MP3 player at the moment is Muse’s latest one, The Resistance.

I get most of my older music from mix CDs that I’ve been given – they’ve got everything from Ian Brown to Four Tops to The Smiths on them. Still, I have some tapes from when I was younger I have only recently re-discovered by converting them to MP3, including the Hunchback of Notre Dame soundtrack, which is really quite good.

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