Triple Played: Listen to music of family, friends

Sometimes it is possible to teach an old dog a new trick.

I was born in 1957, and I’m confident I have a pretty good idea what those my age have listened to for the past 55 years.

If you have been a regular reader of my opinion for any amount of time, you already know how I feel about the music of “our generation.” I am sure that to some readers I have probably already overstated my case when it comes to the music from 1957 to 1975. In those nearly 20 years, we were listening to 33, 45 and 78 RPM records as well as reel to reel, 8-track and cassette tapes on anything from a wind-up record player to Mom and Dad’s console stereo to an audiophile’s separate component system.

I have listened to music on all of them, and they all sound pretty good to my ears. When I started Triple Play Records I mistakenly thought that I was listening to a pretty wide spectrum of music and musical genres. However, our customers and my two children have opened my eyes many times over the years to new music I most likely would not have known about.

James McMurtry, Keb Mo, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, the Decemberists, Greg Brown, Darden Smith, the Subdudes, Whiskeytown, Flogging Molly, the Black Keys and many more were all suggested by my customers or my children.

Even though it has been my job for more than 24 years to know about “all” of the new music out there, it is an impossible task.

There is always a surprise or some major new release that sneaks out with little fanfare. It’s a lot harder now because there is so much more music available than at any other time I can remember.

There are all of the old school ways, starting with player pianos, that are still available for us to listen to music. Turntables that play 78s still are being manufactured and reel to reel, 8-track and cassette players are available on e-bay and at secondhand stores.

Add to that the electronic media with Internet radio, You Tube, Pandora, Spotify and others making music more accessible to the masses. It also is easier and less expensive than it ever has been for bands to have CDs made.

All of that can make it overwhelming to the music fan and the record store owner. With all of the music being released on CD, it is hard for me to think that the major record labels are going to quit producing CDs in the near future.

This will not be any more successful than their efforts to kill off vinyl in the 1980s and it is easy to see where that has gotten them.

If you are still listening the old school way, let me make a suggestion. Log on to YouTube or one of the Internet radio stations and look up Trampled By Turtles, the Black Keys or Matt’s and my newest favorite, the Alabama Shakes.

Give them a good listen and if you really like them you can go out and get yourself hard copies as all three are available on CD and LP, just in case you are old school.

Rock Cesario owns Triple Play Records, 530 Main St., and hosts “Acoustic Sunday” from 9 a.m. to noon Sunday on Drive 105.3 FM. Email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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