And remember how "groovy" it was the first time you got a tape deck for your car? I'm glad you do because I don't. All I remember was my first car.... an oil-burner piece of crap, a white 1962 Ford Falcon with cherry red 100% vinyl seats that stuck to your butt in the Oklahoma summer like gum on a shoe. And a 5-button AM radio that could only pick up one station and it only played country and western music. But I am not bitter.
Then in the summer of 1979, Sony introduced something really groovy and new. And by year's end compact discs and CD players became THE THING. Remember them? We were so careful not to scratch them, always putting them back in their clear plastic cases. NOT. Then fast forward another decade or two and now we all have digital music. MP3 Players and iTunes. So very groovy and so new.
What can possibly be next?
You know.... I have to confess something. It's been really hard for this Boomer to keep up with all the new technology during the last 40 years. Just as soon as you are comfortable with one mode of delivery, then it's time to dump it for something even more groovy and even newer (again.)
Now.... there is actually something so much more groovy and so new (again).... created just for us groovy Boomers. It's a digital music collection customized for those of us born between 1946 and 1964.
AARP introduced a free Internet radio service last month that is programmed just for the aging ears of Boomers. Eighteen channels of free AARP-approved music with some 500 songs already cataloged in categories like soul, R+B, jazz, classic and coffeehouse rock. According to the NY Times,... "The player is embedded into AARP’s site, and its design was kept simple for ease of navigation, with buttons only for playing and pausing a song, and skipping ahead to the next one." Well I know that all of us Boomers are certainly glad about the "ease of use" because between being hard of hearing, dealing with a loss of sight and trying to hit the right buttons on the computer when fingers are curled up from arthritis, many of us have found it difficult just to use our iPhone to make a call without glasses and hearing aids.
Now the only beef I have with AARP is that their new music offering is just not easy to find on their website....even if you do have tri-focals. But you can CLICK HERE to go to AARP's webpage and off to the right, you'll see a box for AARP Internet Radio. Then just click on it and before you know it,... you'll be singing along with the Carol King, Carly Simon and Paul Simon. I just was saying to a older Boomer friend, "I wonder what ever happened to Simon and Garfunkel, what we once abbreviated to just S and G." Now I know what happened. S and G must have been holding out for AARP Internet Radio.
You know.... It is just great to know that AARP is still looking out for us Boomers in finding our own kind of music. Very groovy, AARP. Now I've lost my keys but I don't think AARP can help find those.