My partner is going through all his thousands and thousands of songs on his beloved iThingee. It’s kind of funny, because I will be passing through and hear something that is really good, and I will find out that it’s a song that I haven’t heard in years. Or the one that is so good, that I have to stop whatever it is I am doing, and lay down and listen to it: like that one from Mozart that I had never heard before that completely blew me away. I wish I could tell you what it was, but since I didn’t write it down on a “stickie”, or ask “Siri” to help me remember it, I don’t recall!
I said, “You have to make me a copy of that song!”, to which he says, “I can’t”.
“OK then, can you put it in your “favorite” folder for later, or put a little red flag next to it?”
“No, sorry, but I can’t…the program that I’m using doesn’t let me.”
Which, by the way, is why technology always leaves me feeling unsatisfied: it just doesn’t do what it logically should.
In case you love music as much as I do, you will want to listen to Heart’s rendition of “Stairway to Heaven” (see clip below). I didn’t really like the group, Heart, when I was growing up, but really, I have to say that their performance is better than the original.
I have heard that song by Led Zeppelin a million times, the first time being when my older brother, Fred, bought the album and he called me over to listen to it in its entirety – side A and then side B. He put the album on the record player, and ever so gingerly put the needle to the vinyl of the first song. I was 13 1/2 years old in the fall of 1971, and I do believe that the reason why I never did more than one acid trip was because I didn’t need to – the music of that time period was incredible in that I could feel whatever it was that those rock stars were on. I loved that album. Forty two minutes and twenty five seconds of being transported to some other place.
Yeah, those were the days when there was no internet, no twitter, no email, no texting, no sharing on FB, no pinterest, and no “share this” buttons on anything. One didn’t have the illusion that we were all connected, or had to share everything. I swear, if I go out to eat one more time and pictures of my food are taken by someone with their “smartphone” to share on FB, I am going to start to get mad!
There was something called “time” though, remember that? No one seems to have that now. Everyone is rushing around, out of breath, not able to talk in full sentences, or speaking so fast that I honestly don’t catch what they are saying. Or if I talk, I’m cut off because the person I am talking too has to run, take that call, or is in the middle of doing something. Geez, it’s as if everyone has the agenda of someone important, like the president of America! Yes, being “connected” has done that for each and every one of us – how does it feel to be connected these days? Do you long for the days when you didn’t have to check your email, or your voice messages, or type short messages on a small keypad to a close relative? Or have to read all the events that are happening on FB from people or pages that you don’t know or care about? If so, you are not alone. More and more people that I talk to are getting fed up with it all. Yes, we’ve come a long way, baby! Feeling so overwhelmed that we can’t recharge easily any more.
Maybe it’s time to “Turn On, Tune In, and Drop Out”, but not with acid but going inside?
So just in case you feel like hearing something really good, take the time to see the performance of Heart at the Kennedy Center, which made Robert Plant cry – yeah, it’s that good!