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The Cosmic Law of Generational Music Differences

I heard the strangest of noises coming from my daughter’s room this evening. I blew it off to start with, not wanting to worry unnecessarily, but the noise was becoming unbearable as it continued and I became quite concerned.

“What’s wrong with your computer?” I asked approaching her open doorway.

“Nothing,” she replied. “Everything is fine.”

A terrible sinking feeling then overcame me as I was afraid of what that meant.

“You mean you are listening to that on purpose?” I asked in fear.

“Yeah,” she returned, confused at what I was asking her.

“I’m sorry,” I offered in sincerity. You see as it turned out, that strange, rather offensive noise was something she called music. Now me, I would hesitate to call it music but rather strange beeping sounds layered with annoyingly exotic rhythmic gyrations and some obviously under-educated lost soul mumbling something about his mama.

“What do you mean you are sorry?” she asked.

“You see,” I explained. “There is a well documented cosmic law stating that you, as a teenager, must remain dynamically opposed to my musical sense of taste as a predetermined divider between our generations.”

“Huh?” she asked.

“It is an unfortunate side effect of the rebellious adolescent nature necessary to drive you to move out on your own and create your own subsistence rather than residing permanently at the home roost in a parasitic fashion, which, of course, would drive us both insane and bring a crashing end to evolution as we know it.”

“What?” she said, shaking her head in utter confusion.

“Which, by the way,” I continued, “is one purported, yet wholly unsubstantiated theory of what caused the extinction of the dinosaurs, and possibly why some male grizzly bears eat their own young.”

“What?” she replied in shock.

“In other words, it’s my fault you like this crap because I hate it,” I said more simply. “It seems to be the law of the universe.”

“Oh,” she stated, looking somewhat relieved. “For a minute there I thought you were going to eat me.”

“Anyway,” I went on, “I’m sorry I didn’t hate something that wasn’t quite so horrible. That way you wouldn’t have to listen to… this.” I apologized.

“It’s OK, Dad, I don’t mind. I like it.”

“That’s what I was afraid of,” I concluded. I had to leave at that point, though, as guilt was overwhelming me — not to mention the horrid sound of the so called “music”.

I remember when things were the other way around and it was my dad who couldn’t stand my music. I remember one time while traveling on vacation, my sister and I begged Dad to let us listen to a rock radio station. Finally, my sister got him to agree by telling him to turn off the speakers up front and just play it quietly on the rear speakers.

This was way back in 1982 when Survivor’s “Eye Of The Tiger” was a huge hit. My sister and I were very excited when that song finally came on the radio. We could hardly hear it, however, as Dad had it turned down so low. I remember laying our heads back almost against the rear window trying to get closer to the speakers so we could hear the song.

Then, however, my dad apparently heard a cymbal crash, which, of course, he found seriously offensive, and he turned the radio down a bit.

Not to be deterred from enjoying the song, my sister and I simply pressed our heads further back against the rear window, attempting to get closer still to the speakers.

Again, the cymbals crashed, and Dad, further offended, turned the radio down a bit more. My sister and I pressed further rearward. This continued for a few moments until the car hit a bump in the road and she and I both received a good whacking on the noggin from the rear window.

“Well, what are you doing sticking your heads up against the window anyway?” my dad asked in response to our cries of pain.

“Trying to hear the radio!” my sister returned, rather annoyed.

“Oh, well then,” Dad responded, solving the problem by simply shutting the radio off.

My dad and I certainly had our debates over music back in my teenage years, with little in the way of agreement. As far as I could tell, any music where you could actually hear drums playing, he didn’t like. That, of course, ruled out everything I enjoyed and left me being able to listen to my music only when he wasn’t around.

Now back in those days, that was a lot harder to do than it is now. I didn’t have my own computer like my kids do today. I didn’t have my own stereo until I was 17 and I had to go against my parents wishes in order to buy that from a friend of mine.

Instead, I would listen with friends while away from home, and, on the rare occasion when I was home alone, I would sneak into Dad’s office and crank something up over his stereo. (thank goodness I never got caught doing that!).

Then one glorious Christmas, my grandparents gave me a set of headphones. I was excited, but my parents were not. In fact, I think they were quite irate with my grandparents for giving me such an “evil” thing, but it was too late. I had it in my possession and wasn’t going to give it up.

I remember sneaking those head phones into bed with me at night one time so I could listen to a pirated copy of Bon Jovi’s “Slippery When Wet” album that a friend had given me. Naturally, if I would have gotten caught listening to such devilry, I would have gotten in to serious trouble.

Perhaps that’s why “Slippery When Wet” to this day remains one of my favorites albums? Because it also seems to be written into the cosmic law of generational music differences that the more grief your parents give you over a certain kind of music, the more you like it.

For that reason, I really try not to make too much fuss over it when my kids listen to something I truly can’t stand. Because overreacting just seems to make it all worse and I really don’t want to drive them into further liking that which I cannot tolerate. So, like the time when my oldest daughter turned on some kind of horrible “rap” stuff one day after school, I didn’t do much about it. In fact, I thought I handled it rather well.

By the time it got to the 15th f-word reference, about six seconds into the first song, all I did was run across the room, yank the CD out of the player, and throw it into the deepest corner of the house I could find. I mean, I didn’t even break it first. That shouldn’t have much effect on her now, should it?

Thinking back now, my dad is lucky that at the time I was only listening to Survivor, Bon Jovi, and the like, and was not a huge Metallica fan like I am now. I mean, I can only imagine how he would have reacted to Enter Sandman.

The Best Social Networking Sites For Country Music

Country music has among the most loyal fans of any music genre. More than that, for many, country music is a lifestyle. So a music social network brings together people who share more than just musical taste; they share a way of life.

Digital Rodeo (www.digitalradio.com) bills itself as having been the first social network dedicated to the music scene. It offers videos, music and exclusive interviews with artists as well as a “neighbors” – fellow country fans.

The DH Network (www.thedhnetwork.com) began as a hobby site then expanded to encompass four country related web sites. CMNB – Music News Blog; Country Concert information including tour dates, setlists, and opening acts; DH Country Music which features independent and small-label artists; and DH Family, a music social network.

Country fans Rick Burgess and Greg Roth, created My Country Space, (mycountryspace.com) a gathering spot for country music enthusiasts. The site was also designed for the music lifestyle. The founders spent three years researching what fans wanted in a social networking site dedicated to music. The site was designed to enhance the experience for all users. My Country Space is similar to sites like MySpace and Facebook in that its features include e-mailing, blogging, messages and photos. The site also breaks down membership into titles such as artist, management, promoter and songwriter so members can identify other members and see what they do.

Legal Free Music Downloads – Songs You Want at No Cost

It’s all over the news these days. Download music from the Internet and you could be sued, fined, and/or go to jail. The truth is free music downloads, done correctly, are completely legal.

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) aggressively prosecutes copyright violators. And well they should – it’s piracy plain and simple. But there are millions of free mp3 downloads legally available. RIAA doesn’t want you to know this and wants you to believe any music downloads you don’t pay for are illegal.

You’ll quickly attract RIAA’s attention by using file-sharing services like Kazaa and Grokster. The technology is not illegal (yet), but using it to share downloadable music is at best a grey area. And make no mistake, RIAA can and will find you!

How do I get Free Downloadable Music without breaking the law?

First understand the difference between restricted and unrestricted copyrights. Nearly all songs have an artist or record label copyright. Many copyrights restrict gratis downloads. But many musicians want to share their music at no charge through free downloads.

Why, you might ask? Some are unknowns looking for exposure, but many famous musicians know it’s in their interest to offer free downloads. It inevitably leads to more CD, concert and merchandise sales. Plus it boosts their image and popularity.

Most music download services offer a free trial period when you can download songs at no cost. Cancel before the trial ends and the songs cost nothing. Of course they hope you’ll stay and pay the monthly membership fee, which in reality is a cheap way to expand your music collection.

Study the membership terms as some sites only allow use of the downloads while you are a member. In addition, a “free music” search will lead to sites – by or for musicians – that offer mp3 downloads for free.

Listen to Music Radio Online

Internet radio stations have become one of the very exciting activities that bring people to the entertainment and information world. Online users can easily listened music on their favorite radio stations on their websites that cater to provide online services. Radio station websites can be easily accessed on laptops and mobile phones. As the internet nowadays had evolved and can be accessed with the help of advance technology such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Wireless devices so that people can keep on listening to the radio while they are on the go.

There are ways to keep up the radio listening fever to people through “music radio listen online services”. These radio station services offered are ‘free of cost’ on the internet. Various mobile, PC, and hand held gadgets can easily access these services with the aid of Wireless technology. Thus it becomes typically possible to listen radio music even if people are on the go.

People can easily tune in to local radio stations of their choice with the help of several free live online radio stations to choose from. A lot of websites bring people to popular radio channels keeping them updated and entertained. All they have to do is to register to the site in order to access every resource that they provide. These websites are also capable of providing resources such as SMS (Short Message Service), free calls, playing online role-playing games, video streaming and live radio listening programs.

The process of listening online radio is very captivating in which it brings joy to people helping them motivate on their daily activities, Radio DJ’s narrate fascinating events such as life stories, breaking news, and chart topping hits that bring entertainment in the life of users. The thrill never ends when loquacious radio jockey began to talk almost about everything and promoting artist albums, and plugging amusing songs to overcome boredom in people’s life. Among the most requested radio programs are the daily top 10 music in this generation coming from various request and votes that helps make their favorite music on the list. Radio programs offered by different radio channels are absolutely amazing and people find it great to listen to the programs that are broadcast by the radio station.

Searching information about radio websites catering free radio services is just a click a way with the help of directory listings. There are a lot of websites in the internet that provide such service, all the users need to do is to register to acquire these type of services. Registration is easy and simple for first timers, they just need a few minutes to get themselves registered on the site by filling up an online form and the services offered by the station is become more accessible to users. The internet plays a dominant role by feeling up the gap of communication between the radio station and the user. With the help of websites, people can subscribe and avail radio services with ease. Accessing free live online music radio can be considered a very innovative way to stay entertained.