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I’m a child of the ‘90s. It was a weird time to be raised: pre-internet everywhere, pre-cellphones and Spotify. When I was in elementary, Jr. high, and high school I envisioned owning a record store when I got older. This was still the pre-Napster era. But, in truth, I got my Bachelors in Business Management largely because of this desire. By the time I finished my undergraduate work, long gone were record stores. Nevertheless my interest in music relayed into radio emceeing, I was an active music writer for over a decade and a half. I loved the hunt--I still do. There’s nothing like finding intriguing new bands and songs.
Music is still a huge passion for me. A few years back, after I lost my father, I parted ways with my 4,000-5,000 CD collection. I ended up selling it to a bay area record store in bulk; sometimes I miss having the library of music. It’s better now, don’t get me wrong, I certainly prefer the Spotify era, but there was something about finding a unique CD in a record store, something no one told you about, yet you discovered it and the band felt intimately your own. I remember how alternative rock radio was a savior for me back then. If I got scared or anxious over anything, I knew I could turn to radio and something would come on and clear my mind. I still have a fondness for some of those albums. The other day, Natalie Merchant’s “Carnival” came on randomly in the world, and I remember thinking how fantastic her voice was when I first heard her. How unique it still sounds. I remember listening to her on the radio and getting lulled into daydreams. Notions of leaving California, of wandering some glistening, throbbing city somewhere. I listened to her album Tigerlily yesterday for the first time in probably two decades, one of those bookmarker albums from the mid-‘90s, and one of the few that holds up well today. Makes me wonder what else from that era I need to revisit, I spend so much time hunting on the fringe, I forget about classics.
Song of the Day: Fleet Foxes – “Grown Ocean”