Feeling Old And Outdated…Again

Our Hannah is a massive Shawn Mendes fan and is very excited about him releasing new music later this year. She eats, sleeps and breathes Mr. Mendes who does appear to be an excellent role model to his army of fans. Fionnuala and I fully understand given our own teenage infatuations with Bros and Belinda Carlisle respectively. Did I ever tell you about the time Belinda Carlisle spat on me? Now there’s a story.

The new music will of course be downloaded and free of charge. Straight to her phone. How times have changed? I remember when I was a teenager and one of my favourite artists was releasing new music. I had to (shock, horror) leave the house, walk to my local record shop and hunt through racks of cassette tapes to find the one I was after. This was waaaaay before CD’s. Don’t you remember the joy of untangling a cassette tape with the stub of a pencil?

I then had to pay for the aforementioned music. Yes, pay. With money. Real money. Notes and coins. There were no debit or credit cards. I scrimped and saved my pocket money until I had enough to venture out of my bedroom. With said purchase complete I’d retire again to the bedroom where I would blast bass and drums through my mighty speakers, play air guitar and act the rock god until my mother banged the ceiling with a brush and told me to catch myself on.

Music is music, it’s just the means by which we listen to it that has changed. But it stirs the same emotions in people that it has for millennia. It’s a common thread that connects us all through the ages. We are all different but, at the same time, so very similar. I look forward to the day when our grandchildren are doing likewise. Probably via some microchip inserted under their skin or a hologram concert beaded live into their rooms.

Published by Fractured Faith Blog

We are Stephen and Fionnuala and this is our story. We live in Northern Ireland, have been married for 17 years and have three kids - Adam, Hannah and Rebecca. We hope that our story will inspire and encourage others. We have walked a rocky road yet here we are today, together and stronger than ever. We are far from perfect and our faith has been battered and bruised. But an untested faith is a pointless faith. Just as a fractured faith is better than none at all. We hope you enjoy the blog.

33 thoughts on “Feeling Old And Outdated…Again

  1. HA! I’m older than you are! I remember going through racks of ALBUMS! & looking for singles for the jukebox for the bar I worked at. Singles were only 59 cents when I started working there.

    Join the club. I am being called “Ma’am” on a regular basis now. LOL

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  2. The world, as Stephen King says repeatedly in his Dark Tower epic, has certainly moved on. My first full-length album purchase was Chicago Transit Authority, the first album by said group. It was a two-record set, and I think it was less than $5. Before that, I had only purchased singles, which played at 45 RPM on the record player. I still have that stack of singles, by the way, in a cabinet in my bedroom.

    I hear musicians complaining about how little they make from streaming services. And it really does seem to be unfair. But it’s reality, now. It’s not the future. It’s now. And somehow, they are going to have to adapt to it. What I do is support my favorite artists by signing up on their Kickstarter (or whatever crowd-funding platform they use) to help them get funding for their new projects. But I rarely purchase music any more. All of my listening is done on Spotify, at this point in time.


  3. Please share about Belinda Carlisle spitting on you. I saw her once at Magic Mountain, an amusement park in Southern California, in the 80’s. She was riding the rides with the commoners. I hope she didn’t spit on anyone that day, but who knows.


  4. I have to go way back with Jeff. I remember my high school friends and I going to Tower Records with our babysitting money to buy our newest favorites. I would take mine home, tear the cellophane from the pristine album covers and read the liner notes while listening to the album loudly on the “stereo” in the living room. My poor mother.


  5. Similar to you I remember going to music shops and searching for music from my favourite bands & singers. I remember saying I’d never get in to downloading music as I preferred the physical albums & artwork. I have eventually moved with the times, although I still buy the physical albums from a few of my selected favourite singers.


  6. Music is a universal language. We don’t need to understand the words to feel the emotion behind them – sometimes a song doesn’t even need words! Music even reached through time, across ages and eons to stir emotion in the soul!

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