Hello again, didn't think I'd be blogging twice today, but here I am anyway.
I went out for my drive a few minutes after my previous post, in a search for some "new" music. Okay, so it came out in 2006, but I have not heard anything by the UK band The Heavy. At least not that I'm aware of. I grabbed my latest phone book provided by some guy who can fit into an above counter cabinet, and looked up used music stores. I found one in Lake Zurich, Yahoo Local(ed) it, and it came up with an immediate link with a map to get there. My mistake was in not dialing the digits listed before embarking. I got out to Lake Zurich in pretty good time thanks to my GTI (of course obeying the Rules of the Road to the letter), only to discover that in the bustling shopping district at Rtes 22 and 12, that particular store was gone. And it's not alone, the nearest one I can find, online anyway, is in Hoffman Estates, and if memory serves me, I'm pretty sure that one is gone as well. The internet may be great for many things, but it has killed a little thing called music retail shops. The kind of place where you can actually drive to in your car, or walk to if it's close enough. Open a door, interact with actual humans, and most likely find the album you want, or at least not leave empty handed. Not the point and click instant gratification crap called ITunes, or Napster, or any of the torrents and whatnot. I know that WAV files are damn near close to Master CD quality, but there is something about having a disc (or for you old true audiophiles, vinyl) that you can handle, and art work that you can hold, and all the info about everything that went into making the album, that you just don't get when you download it. And I dare to say, that CDs still sound better than the same album does on my IPod. So the internet has killed the jobs of people who really love music as much as me, and most of you! Damnit!!! I finally broke down and tried going to the mall, but in such a bad economy, I was surprised to find absolutely no available parking spot. That was enough, I'd had it. Feeling somewhat defeated and deflated, i went to get some food, and have since returned home. I'm now listening to some cds I already have, and doing some laundry, and feeling quite content about that. I still want to find a used music store though! Maybe tomorrow...
Until then, I hope you've all had a peachy keen weekend, and I will talk with some of you later (or all two of you as the case may well be).
Oh, and April, if you happen to read this at any time, I hope you are doing better, and that you've laughed at least once today.
Peace out y'all