Archive | June 9, 2013

Me, Technolgy Inclined? Maybe So.

Technology blows me away.

As I am ripping music on to my laptop I am begin embracing that I am able to add this music to devices. My new phone is a device.

Who knew?

I have a new phone.  And I now also have a new way to play music and this fills my heart with song.

I recently bought a smart phone. It is an Android I am told, which really means little to me. But I can do so much more from it that I am astounded. I have even used it to record thoughts I have had regarding this post. All I was looking for was access to the Internet.  I thought the access I was acquiring would be used only in times when my seemingly fickle Internet Provider has me offline.

Oh thee of little knowledge.

I am astonished to find I am using it for much more and I still have barely touched the surface of what it can do.

This inspired me to think about my relationship with electronics.  Mine began like no doubt most of my brother & sister Baby boomers  began, with music. Even before my family had a television we had a radio, and we had a phonograph.  Before stereo there was monograph. This is what I spent my time off from chores & school doing. Listening to music. Any thing that had a melody I was there. I became addicted to radio’s and the knowledge I could obtain about the music and artists. My love affair for recorded music and all its trivia had begun.

My first personal experience with electronics was playing a small little square record player that I could close up like an over night case. I took it with me everywhere I went.  Much like the one below:  I also had a 45 rpm record case that I still have somewhere stored away in a  box with my 45 collection.

My First Electronic

From that point on I was addicted to anything that I could play/listen to music on. My list of electronics in my life experience has included everything from a transistor radio with earphones that I would try to sneak to the dinner table, to amplifiers, speakers, mixing boards,  reel to reel tape recorder, 8-track, cassette player, along with numerous stereo’s.  If it cannot be live music than it shall be recorded. I listen to music almost 24/7  with no exaggeration, I even fall asleep to music.

I was blessed to have grown up in a family who loved and lived music. Both live & recorded. My parents were both musicians, and my two brothers play. I am also blessed that my older brother who is 8 years my senior loved his generation of music, which I adopted as my own first independent genre of music from my parents. Then as a teen with a vast library already collected of recorded music of vinyl 33 rpm albums my brother gifted me his  Pioneer Stereo which at the time anyone with any music sensibilities coveted.

I, as a teen coveted this stereo of my brother’s more than I did his 1967 Pontiac GTO  The car was cherry sweet, and I pretty much coveted it as well. But the stereo component system I drooled over it every time I babysat for him & my sister-in-law. I was stunned the day I accidentally over heard my sister in-law suggest to my brother that he give me the old Pioneer set when his new system was delivered. I pretended to not have been eaves dropping while my barely contained excitement was palatable for the next week.

The King of stereo’s The Pioneer.

Today my home stereo is a Bose. I love everything about it,  including the amazing sound and tone I receive from this small electronic that does not require all the separate components anymore like my Pioneer did. In addition to the three components I had also a turn table and  four speakers with sub-woofer & tweeters.  I am a fan of technology going from transistors, to computer chips. I love how compact things have become. More room for music.

Today; My Bose

I made one giant step into the world of technology and how my music is delivered to me. Had I known prior that I could play music on a phone, and  have my music from my home library exported to my phone from my computer I would have been in line for the first one.

I am a late bloomer when it comes to the cell phone craze. I am not a phone person, although ironically I can spend 7 hours on one phone call with my most long time friend such as we did this past December. Typically though I am not one who will  spend my time chatting up friends on the phone. Send them an epic novel length email or snail mail letter, yes. Just ask them.  So my awareness about cell phones was minimal. Until I moved into my apartment in January I had little use for a cell phone. I rarely used the land line. I had a cell phone even then, a prepaid one I kept for traveling  and as a back up.  When I moved I decided to curb expenses to only having just the cell phone. I thought then about upgrading. But me and upgrades don’t always bode well together.

My new stereo

I love this new phone/stereo/secretary.  It is all those things and more. It feels kind of like magic. It even whistles which makes me smile …. But for me the most awesome aspect is that it carries my music and lets me play it wherever I am. I again can take my music everywhere. And I mean everywhere. My daughter said to me recently, ” I cannot believe you fought this for so long and yet have taken to it so well.”

I told her the same thing. Someone just should have just said music and I’d have been there first in line.


Disclaimer: This was not a paid advertisement for any one of the above items and no endorsements are implied.

Just thought I should say. ~