From time to time I think about the changes that have taken place in the world since I was a child. I’m specifically thinking today about how much easier it is to listen to the music of our choice, and whenever we want to do so. We have the internet, mp3 players, CDs, and seemingly hundreds of music channels on television and satellite radio. In fact, we can go to YouTube and both hear AND see almost any musical performance that can be imagined (whether or not it should be is not the case). I contrast all that to my listening possibilities as a child and young teenager. I played old 78s found in our attic of musicians such as Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald, 45s of Elvis Presley and Ricky Nelson, and 33 LPs of my favorite choral groups (Robert Shaw, Roger Wagner, and Norman Luboff). Yes, I’m afraid I was a choral nerd at the age of 10! Yet, even with that number of listening possibilities, it couldn’t even begin to compare with what we have today. Why, I didn’t even have my first FM radio until I was 13, and it only picked up one station.
So, as I’m feeling nostalgic today, I’m interested in hearing from those in my age group (above 50) what your listening experiences and possibilities were as a child or youth. If nothing else, your responses should provide entertainment for our younger readers!