Why I Enjoy Internet Radio
My sister-in-law gave me a copy of Charles de Lint’s The Mystery of Grace, as a pre-Christmas present. De Lint is one of my favourite authors. Music plays a role in his writing, possibly as he is also a musician. In The Mystery of Grace rockabilly comes up and my collection holds nothing in that genre so I hit YouTube and found some great groups, for one, Kim Lenz and the Jaguars. Impressive and fun music, so I went looking for more.
This search renewed my relationship with Internet Radio. I like music, all kinds of music and that is what Internet Radio provides and this is the main reason I like Internet Radio.
Whether it is Bobby Darin crooning Dream Lover, the Kinks and Lola or anything by Miles Davis, Internet Radio brings it to me. I may have to wait but the odds are good that when I choose by genre, Jazz, Blues, Rock, and many others within seconds I will be enjoying music I would not otherwise hear.
Fluidity, a second and related reason for my enjoyment of Internet Radio, I can simply surf through the channels and genres a site offers. When I want music, which often happens while I am preparing a hub, or when the mood moves me, I can select a genre, and appreciate the selection, or readily and fairly quickly, skip to the next, never losing my train of thought as I do so.
Yes, there is a short but bearable lag between channels; perhaps, just enough to anticipate what may be coming.
As I write this I am listening to Junior Walker and the All Stars perform “How Sweet it is”. I arrived here after channeling through other possibilities that did not make my foot tap. If my foot does not tap then the tune has not reached me. Music is movement and that movement makes its way to my toes which cannot stay still when the beat is vibrating.
My CD collection is not large and focuses on jazz; Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis are among the performers I can pick.
Bob Marley and Bob Dylan, both, hold places of honour and are played when I have the time and inclination to simply listen and sing along.
Listening to CDs is a different way to appreciate music; the listener decides what to hear and choices are very specific. Internet Radio is all about variety and an ever changing performance which you only partially control. I like that.
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