April 18, 2014

Hashtag #Vinyl to #Cassette to #CD to #MP3

LPs, Albums, & Rock 'n' Roll Music In General

"The secret to survival is knowing when to walk away and know when to run." — Kenny Rogers

I remember being a kid back in the late 1970s when the song "The Gambler" by Kenny Rogers was running up the charts. It was such a huge hit and fun to sing along to. As a youngster, I never knew what the song was about. I didn't know what gambling was — or any of the other terminology in the song. I had the album on vinyl and enjoyed listening to the all the songs. I wore it out.

I wore out a number of albums when I was a youngster. I had a couple different vinyl versions of Billy Joel's 52nd Street, Foreigner's Double Vision, and a couple of others. Then, naturally, I bought those albums on cassette; I proceeded to wear them out, as well. I might have wore out three versions of Bruce Springsteen's Born in the U.S.A. The CD versions don't necessarily wear out but they do get scratched and rendered useless eventually.

I remember wearing things out. It brings up a question, will my MP3 versions of the previously mentioned albums EVER WEAR OUT? Does everything have its day? Is it true that "every dog has his day?" When we finally realize what the lyrics mean, how close should we listen to them?

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