Saturday, June 12, 2004

And words are all I have ...

Thanks to my pal Richard Wicka for tipping me off to the phenomenon of MP3blogs, which evidently started here. Just now I was listening to Stephen "Tin Tin" Duffy sing "Kiss Me (With Your Mouth)," a staple of college radio in the 80s, while reading the blogmeister's thoughts on the song and comments from six readers. Lordy, a new web-craze is born every two minutes, I swear. (I suppose this means mash-ups are So Two Years Ago by now, right? The only thing that saddens me about these quick flareups of creativity is how quickly they get discarded, thus replicating the idea of planned obsolence from consumer culture.)

I don't think I want to go the MP3 route myself at the moment. I enjoy the challenge of trying to convey the sound, or more importantly the appeal, of music with words alone. (God knows how many albums I've picked up thanks to a review by a writer whose taste I trust.) But it is nice to be able to let people know what a given song sounds like, particularly since much of what I intend to write about here is pretty obscure. And something tells me I'll be checking out "FluxBlog" and its many successors quite a bit in the months to come, at least before they're all superseded by some even newer innovation.

1 comment:

Richard Wicka said...

I actually found out about something new in the art world BEFORE you? I am stunned. I am also bummed out that you will not be featuring mp3's on your blog. Hell, you are a long time DJ! You have been creating mix tapes for friends for years (and receiving them back too). My guess is that you don't have the time or the technology to post some of your favorite songs / spoken word segments. I am looking for the day when you do. It is a neat way to communicate. For example, my friend Cheryl sent me one of those popular internet recirculated emails about "The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more,
but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less." I responded by sending her a copy of Charles Bukowski's poem "The Crunch". That poem affected her deeply. She started reading it to friends and asking me more about Bukowski. I posted an mp3 of Bukowski reading the poem for her on Now, for a short time, not only she has it, but anyone else who visits the site does too.

OK. That is it for my pep talk. It reminds me of the days when I was giving you pep talks about buying a computer and I had to listen to all of your counter arguments about how a computer wouldn't add anything to your life.

I wish I had taped those conversations. I would make an mp3 out of them and post them on my website.