(Another) End of (Another) Era

My son and I just went into our local Blockbuster Movie store to trade in an xbox game for a new one – we were part of their kid’s club that let us borrow one game at a time…and Blockbuster is going out of business. This is hardly shocking, and as one employee said, been a long time coming. All the movies were 99cents, so we decided to look around…and they started to play “Billy Breathes” by Phish in its entirety fairly loudly over the speakers in the store.
As I browsed the titles I realized this may be the last time I walked around in a movie store! As a kid of the 80s and 90s, I spent a lot of time in places like that, with songs like U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” as the background music. As when anything passes, I felt a wave of emotion rise inside of me, as Trey crooned, “Come waste your time with me…” I always appreciate perfectly timed musical accompaniment. I felt the wave rise, acknowledged it, and then let that pass too.
All the good movies were already gone, and our computers don’t have disk drives in them anymore anyways. So we bought some heavily discounted candy, thanked the clerks and bid them farewell, its been a good run. Then left the store.
Things are evolving so rapidly now. Just keep moving forward, can’t look back.

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One thought on “(Another) End of (Another) Era

  1. OK, you like perfectly timed musical accompaniment? Youll probably enjoy this perspective on music; Philip might enjoy it too, although it is a little long-haired.

    http://www.ted.com/playlists/79/maestros_if_you_please.html

    In this epic overview, Michael Tilson Thomas traces the development of classical music through the development of written notation, the record, and the re-mix. As a conductor, Michael Tilson Thomas might be best known for his interpretation of the emotionally charged music of Gustav Mahler. But his legacy won’t stop at his Grammy-winning recordings of the complete Mahler symphony cycle with his home orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony. He’s also the founder of the New World Symphony, an orchestra that helps to educate young and gifted musicians as obsessed with their craft as he. Since its establishment in 1987, New World Symphony has launched the careers of more than 700 young musicians, and in its new Miami Beach concert hall designed by Frank Gehry, it’s bringing well-played classical music to a truly popular audience. He’s the guest conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra — and the artistic director of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra (YTSO), a 96-member ensemble selected from online video auditions. Tilson Thomas conducted the YTSO at Carnegie Hall in 2009 and in 2011 in Sydney, Australia. And he’s the creator of the Keeping Score education program for public schools, which uses PBS TV, web, radio and DVDs, and a K-12 curriculum to make classical music more accessible. In 2010, Tilson Thomas was awarded the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists by the US government.

    Dad

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