Archive for March 7, 2010

Video didn’t kill the radio star… mp3s did

Posted in Music, Thoughts with tags , , , , , on March 7, 2010 by Mitch Leuraner

I don’t own a radio.

I love music, and I go everywhere with headphones, but I just don’t own a radio.  It wasn’t a conscious decision, and I’m not even sure when exactly it happened.  I just realized one day that I hadn’t listened to the radio in years.  I used to spend hours each day listening to 102.1 The Edge in Toronto.  (I know. The edge is not today what it was in the mid-90s. The people have changed, the music has changed.)

I don’t have a television either.  That was a conscious decision though, and one that I’ve never regretted.

But what I do regret is that I always fall behind when it comes to new music.  I find that I need to periodically Google my favourite artists just to find out if they’ve released anything new.  Clearly this works fine for artists that I already know – but what about new artists?  Sometimes I don’t hear about the next big thing until months after their limelight has dimmed.  It happened with The Shins.  It happened with The Postal Service.  I’ve still never actually heard a Lady Gaga song. (I’m guessing that’s not a bad thing though.)

Sometimes I feel like there is this mass of amazing music just outside my reach.

The idea that I might be missing out on great music is so disappointing.  And the disappointment is crushing.

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Questions for cryptic girls

Posted in Finds, Thoughts with tags , , , , on March 7, 2010 by Mitch Leuraner

I’ve been having a most unusual conversation with someone named Skyler on Formspring.Me. According to the home page, the service lets users:

Send and receive anonymous questions, and learn more about people you find interesting by following their answers.

The idea is that you go to a particular user’s page and, without needing to log in, you can post a question for them.  If they like your question they can respond to it, and both question and answer are posted publicly.  It’s almost like an anonymous chat session, but even less formal – if that is possible.

I don’t think it is intended to actually foster dialog, but that seems to be what has happened tonight.  And as disjointed as the conversation is, I am strangely enjoying it.

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