Video didn’t kill the radio star… mp3s did
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.