Being a Music Geek Used to be Difficult – Part 1

Music Geeks much like Geek Culture in general have experienced a boom with the advent of the Internet, but it wasn’t always this way. In stopping to think about what I used to haul around with me, it’s almost silly in retrospect, mind you at leastIwasn’thauling around a milk crate. I did used to carry with me a Black Nylon case that was adorned withfantasticNeon Pink and Green stripes (which was moderately acceptable at the time) but therein lied a chunk of my music collection (yes kids, this was long before Napster and iTunes, we actually carried around physical media) .My collection was a mish mash of purchased cassettes (both full length albums and singles) and several mix tapes cobbled together from other cassettes and radio dubs (yes, the radio – I Know!) . You actually had conversations in person about music that you listened to, or read about, there was no Soundhound, Shazaam or Google to help track down a new tune, you actually had to know what was playing or wait for the DJ to fill you in. It was a great time, albeit an isolated one, as you spent your time mired in the Music Geek Obession usually with headphones on, fast forwarding through a tape, or trying to find the spot on the record where your favorite song existed, then poring over the liner notes to learn the lyrics to those songs and finding the hidden references to other artists you’ve never heard of. Don’t forget those days where your cassette player or Walkman decided to turn on you and your precious collection and opted to eat your favorite tape, what a nightmare that could be! If you weren’t able to track down a pencil, you ran the risk of futher complicating the damage or worse yet the tape twisted! Those were the days…..until the Compact Disc came along!

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A proud and over-caffeinated husband, father, runner and writer. I've written for the local weekly The Coast for over a decade and have since taken to creating and writing for HAFILAX for even longer. I hope you enjoy the musings of a guy who has loved music for the better part of 4 decades, and has an album of concert tickets to show for it.