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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

I feel like sharing

Aside from the underlying reasons for private celebration that were described in yesterday's post, your heartfelt good wishes and comments were like whipped cream and a cherry on top of an already delicious sundae Root Beer float. 

So as long as we're sharing the love over here, I feel like I should also share something that I've been enjoying lately.

A friend recently turned me on to a web site called 'Tropical Glen.com' which is basically a well organized on-line jukebox.  The music is organized by year (top 100 songs from each year), era, genre, etc.   To begin listening, you simply select one of the 8 or 10 songs listed for that category and then let it randomly play all the rest of the songs while you do whatever else you were going to do anyway.

Best of all, unlike many of the streaming audio sites that tend to gobble up significant bandwidth while you are listening, this one seems to have a very light 'touch'.  Just before each song plays it uses a second or two to download the file into a temporary location... and when the next song is about to begin it downloads that one over the top of the first (at least that's how it appears). 

The result is a fantastic listening experience that shouldn't piss off your IT dpeartment or slow down what you are doing on your computer.  It even has a search-able lyrics database, so if you are one of those people who sits at your desk singing, "Scuse me while I kiss this guy" along with Jimi Hendrix while those around you cringe... well this should sort you out. 

There is a small downside in that you can't download/buy the songs you really like directly from the site (at least so far as I've been able to discover).  And although you can pause songs during play (so you can shoo the noisy kids out of the room while you rock out), you can't 'rewind' to the beginning of the songs that you want to hear a second time.  Considering it is free, I guess I shouldn't really complain.

So go ahead and have a listen

If you need me I'll be making my way through the '77, '78 and '79 song lists today.  But if you see me nodding my head and doing what Billy Crystal called 'the white man's overbite' (in 'When Harry Met Sally') - that embarrassing trait we Caucasians have of putting our upper teeth over our lower lip when we dance or listen to good music - please don't interrupt.  I'm cruisin' through the soundtrack of my high school years.

Don't thank me... I'm a giver.

Posted by David Bogner on July 2, 2008 | Permalink

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I saw they have a "Motown" set as well, and guess what, it's not the watered down L.A. lite that we know and hate, it's the real thing, when Motown was Tamla-Motown, and it really was in Detroit!!

(ps it's Jimi not Jimmy)

Posted by: asher | Jul 2, 2008 2:45:10 PM

I saw they have a "Motown" set as well, and guess what, it's not the watered down L.A. lite that we know and hate, it's the real thing, when Motown was Tamla-Motown, and it really was in Detroit!!

(ps it's Jimi not Jimmy)

Posted by: asher | Jul 2, 2008 2:45:14 PM

77-79? Oy... imagine me, a die-hard jazz band fan and lead alto, compelled to listen to the likes of Gilbert O'Sullivan, Bread, most of the disco catalogue, Minnie Ripperton, America, "Muskrat Love," "The Ballas of Billie Joe", etc., etc. during the long bus rides home from school.

Maybe that was the mid-seventies; it's all a blur from about 72-79, unless I check the playlists (which I will do later, I'm sure).

Now, in my tenderer pre-post-mid-life crisis years, I have gained some appreciation for a few tunes from the seventies that were not Don Ellis, Woody Herman, or Stan Kenton in the last great coda of the big band era. And, of course, aside from the 80's (The COllidge Years), no singled decade is as well represented in the Bad Songs categories on my iPod.

Is it affection, of a curmudgeonly sort? Yeh; probably. I tell my students they can't scare me with today's tunes... I lived through the seventies, live, when "seventies music" was actually *the* popular music of its time.

Thanks as always for being a giver! ;o/

P.S. Motown is forever

Posted by: Wry Mouth | Jul 2, 2008 5:47:03 PM

I lived through the seventies, live, when "seventies music" was actually *the* popular music of its time.

Which wasn't nearly as hideous as 70's fashion. Yuck.

Posted by: Jack | Jul 2, 2008 6:07:55 PM

Okay, Jack, you asked for it: "Wildfire." "Billy, Don't Be a Hero." "Ballad of Billy Jack." I suppose the advantage of music over fashion is that at least you don't have to *look* at music (at least, back in the day).

Posted by: Wry Mouth | Jul 2, 2008 11:01:56 PM

hah! white man's overbite! i love "when harry" (one of my ultimate fave films) and that mental image of billy crystal doing that little bop on the plane... cracks me up! will certainly be checking out that site... (she says as "devil goes down to georgia" blares...)

Posted by: nikki | Jul 2, 2008 11:34:27 PM

sorry -- "went" down to georgia!

Posted by: nikki | Jul 2, 2008 11:37:27 PM

Excellent! Thanks! Listening to "MTV Era" channel right now. Will definitely check out the classical station next.

Yahoo has a slightly more useful service. You have to register for a free account, but then their Launchcast "radio station" plays lots of different songs that you can personally rate, so that after a few months your station plays mostly stuff you really like with a lot more songs than Tropical Glen. You may want to check it out at launchcast.yahoo.com

PS: Condolences on the Jerusalem attack today. The Religion of Peace strikes again. May G-d comfort the families of the victims.

Posted by: Albert | Jul 3, 2008 4:30:52 AM

Hi David. Thanks for the link. Any other good music websites?

Posted by: mata hari | Jul 3, 2008 5:13:47 AM

Also, without sounding too much like an audiophile snob (which I'm really not) the music quality doesn't sound that great. Maybe it uses very little resources because the bit rate is low.

Posted by: Albert | Jul 3, 2008 5:57:22 AM

Wry, sadly I know and recognize all of those tunes. My poor brain is aching.

Posted by: Jack | Jul 3, 2008 8:16:59 AM

Albert, I have a station on launchcast at Yahoo! (You can listen to it if you look up acmt2001) But I have so many problems with time-outs and buffering that it isn't worth the hassle (may be my connection)

Posted by: asher | Jul 6, 2008 8:37:05 AM

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