Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Technology Keeps You Current on the Future and the Past

Social stereotypes say that people in my age bracket need a simple “help, I’ve fallen and can’t get up” phone with big buttons. I bucked stereotype and upgraded to an iPhone courtesy of accumulated travel award points. A few minutes with the music features and I was immediately transported back to fond memories of the “Sound Lab” I enjoyed aboard ship during my stint in the Navy.

The sound lab was a small compartment aboard ship where you could make a reservation, bring some blank cassettes (this was the 70s), and record what you wanted from a large selection of current and classic music. How great is that? This was on the up and up though as each recording made was logged by an on duty attendant for royalty purposes.

Why use of iTunes and a standard iPod never made me think of the sound lab is curious. I can only attribute it to the complete freedom afforded by high bandwidth for mobile devices; basically you see a song and download it wherever you are. Although the sound lab was a much lengthier analog process it seemed equally liberating at the time.

I celebrated the flashback by downloading Nazareth “Close Enough for Rock and Roll” and Thin Lizzy “Jailbreak”; the first two Sound Lab recordings I made aboard ship. This was not all about dwelling in the past though. I found an app called Shazam that “listens” to a track, figures out the song, and provides links so you can download it right then and there; they are still making great music out there.

Technology has no age limit and it will keep you moving forward while reconnecting to the past.

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