Newsweek continues its intermittent series of “The Boomer Files” cover stories concentrating this week on the relationship between boomers and their music.
Aside from the fact that designating this series as being only about boomers gets more irritating with every issue (as if those of us older than 60 are too senile, if not already dead, to be worthy of interest), there is a good story on how to find new music that matches (or comes close to matching) the tastes we developed during the Sixties which was, arguably, the most astonishingly creative period in the history of popular music.
How many sets of Beatles albums have you worn out in the past 40 years? Or Dylan? Or the Stones or Joplin or Hendrix or so many others? They’ve held up for nearly half a century and continue to capture the attention of younger generations as each comes along.
Still, it would be nice to have a guide to whatever it is that’s going on the pop music world today because it is impossible to keep up when it’s fragmented into so many genres and sub-genres emerging from so many different sources. There is hardly such a thing as a top 40 anymore, or a band or singer who can capture the imagination of an entire country the way Sinatra, Elvis and The Beatles did, each in their era.
But help is available. According to Newsweek reporter, Steven Levy, there is a bunch of online services that, using the latest technology, can track down new music you would probably like if The Doors still light your fire - something, maybe, that segues nicely out of The Crystal Ship but has a 21st century edge to it.
Since Newsweek inexplicably does not link to the free services Mr. Levy describes, I’ve done the work for them (and you) with the list and links below. Perhaps, if you try these, you will report back here on your success - or not - in finding some terrific new music you like.
Pandora - Immediate search from home page delivers computer matches
Last.fm - Immediate search from home page delivers computer matches
MyStrands - Requires download for Windows Media Player or iTunes
MOG - More like Friendster for music, there is no computer matching. A place to find others who share your musical tastes and appears to be focused on young MySpace users.