TGIF!… I haven’t blogged anything in almost 2 years. Seeing that it is Friday and I have something brewing in my head, let me write about it…
Sometime last year, thanks to my wife, I discovered this really cool local radio station that plays only old music (for us old people). Actually, this station plays a ton of 80s and 90s popular music… stuff from my teenage years, hence my affection for it. It is called Mix 93.8 FM and it broadcasts from Midrand. They play 60s and 70s music as well, but hardly anything from the present day.
So I totally got into listening to this station during my work commute. And at least a handful of times, I was tempted to call in and make song requests. One or two were played, one was forgotten (or ignored) and another one was replaced with a more popular song choice. All said and done, this is radio after all. The popular song choices will always win compared to the more obscure fan favourites. I think I requested something fast-paced from U2 and dropped the song title ‘The Electric Co.’ as well. They ended up playing their standard station favourite ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ which isn’t fast-paced by any stretch of the imagination and not at all what I requested for! Still, I was happy that they played a good song from one of my all-time favourite bands. But would it hurt if they venture out a bit, away from the typical classic rock anthems that have been played 16 trillion times already?
In other words, if I want to listen to R.E.M.’s ‘Disturbance at the Heron House’, my best bet is to dust off my CD copy of ‘Document’ rather than wait for it to be played on the radio. That said, every now and then it is refreshing to hear random songs played by a radio DJ. For instance, this morning Mix FM played Steve Miller Band’s ‘Rockin’ Me’ which I have to say I quite enjoyed listening to despite not caring much at all for Steve Miller Band’s music in general. But I hadn’t heard that particular song in several years and it was nice to listen to it.
A personal music collection trumps everything but it is still nice to have a good radio station on every now and then.
Recently I discovered a website offering legal music downloads and I have to say that my experience with them so far has been quite awesome! They call themselves LegalSounds.com and appear to be operating out of somewhere in Russia. They offer a wide variety of albums and individual songs for a very nominal price, maybe the cheapest on the web! I had been looking for a particularly old and obscure album which was not available on itunes, Rhapsody, Napster or any of the main paid download sites. It was the new age/ethnic fusion group Deep Forest’s very first album from 1992. Legal Sounds not only had the whole album for download at US$0.90, I could download specific individual songs if I wanted for just US$0.09 a piece! That is a steal, if you’re a person like me very much into collecting and appreciating music and you do not want to literally steal from the internet. And besides, the free download links seem to be fast disappearing from blogs and Google searches. They all link to some sort of paid service nowadays.
This site has a proper legal notice which states that Legal Sounds pays license fees for all the materials subject to the Law of the Russian Federation and that materials are available solely for personal use. The only thing to watch out for when becoming a member here is that one has to make a bulk payment of at least US$25 in order to start purchasing music. As you buy more and more, the balance gets deducted with the purchase amount until you have to replenish again. Obviously this works in the website’s favour as they have a chunk of money from you upfront and it also tempts you to purchase music more frequently than you probably would if you paid separately each and every time. But all that is down to self control issues which one can easily sort out! 😉 Bottomline is that this site is a great solution for music fans looking to legally download their music and not pay an arm and a leg for it.
Disclaimer: I am not in any way affiliated or associated with LegalSounds.com. I live in South Africa and work in the private sector. This website apparently operates out of Russia.