Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Greetings music lovers. DC ROCKS would like to veer off the subject of who is playing where this weekend to get back to what this site is supposed to be about which is this writer's whims. Last weekend after a successful upgrade to the resident sound system, it was time to sit down and listen to an album. Ironically since the turntable was broken, I had to pick from CDs. I chose Jackson Browne's "For Every Man," but soon found myself digging out the original album to look at while listening. I've always been a backwards looking person. I was okay with the cassette tape technology because we could make our own mixes and play them in the car, but I resisted CDs like a cat getting in a bath tub figuring it was the next passing phase which it kind of was. Over the years it's become clear that you just can't have the same relationship with ipods or little plastic boxes like you can holding a large and artistic cardboard square with more information to glean than a cereal box. And all your questions are answered without having to use a magnifying glass. (Is that Bonnie Raitt singing harmony? Yep. And David Crosby, too.)
So if the pending snow storm does force us all in for a couple of days- and you are still lucky enough to have vinyl lying around, you might want to take the time dig them out. Or, when the skies clear, you can jump start your collection again at Joe's Record Paradise over in Silver Spring or the CD Cellar in Arlington where you might even find piece or two if your past.
By the way anyone still reading will be rewarded with a chance to win a pair of tickets to see live music which is still the way to go for any music fan. The DC based now national Jukebox the Ghost will be at the 9:30 Club on March 16th. Just write to email@example.com. Please put "jukebox contest" in the subject heading and mention a favorite album in the email, and we'll pick a winner at random.