You hear it all around you,
Good music gone bad
And usually it’s too late when you realize what you had...
Okay, so two words have been changed in the song above to protect the musically innocent.
Hold on tightly to your tunes
The innocent in this case would be the musicians and music fans who still appreciate and expect quality music. If you have just a casual knowledge of ‘80s southern rock, you know 38 Special was actually singing about love gone bad, not the deterioration of music. However, if you have a genuine love for music and it feels like all the good music has disappeared, the pain could hurt just as much as lost love because that’s ultimately what it is. Lost music is lost love. It’s the music that holds your hand and walks you through the love, good and bad and never fails to outlast it.
You hear a lot of talk about the decline of music and how it isn’t what it used to be.
Lost and found
You may even have joined the chorus yourself decrying the desolate musical landscape where style and image bully substance and authenticity into submission. No matter how idealized your recollection of how much better music used to be, or how cynical your view is of the music being released today, there’s always been and always will be great music to be found. You just have to want it and find it.
The problem with music has never been the supply. It’s the supplier - commercial radio.
Supply and demand
Not so fast music fans. You don’t get a pass. As easy as it is to blame the supplier, they aren’t solely culpable. After all, they are only fulfilling a demand, despite how misguided and unambitious the demand might be. The supply will only improve if you demand a better product and refuse to accept the lackluster "usual."
If your demand falls on deaf ears, then it’s time to find a new supplier who can give you what you want.
Get what you want
If what you want is a better, higher quality supply of music, then try getting your supply from “RadioACTIVE on KPFT 90.1 FM every Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sample their product for free, including free of commercials. If you like what you hear, you can come back as often as you like and bring your friends. There’s always an abundant supply of quality music to be heard on RadioACTIVE.
Click on the songs below to listen to some of the great music you won’t get from your old supplier. All of these songs were played during a single two-hour RadioACTIVE show. This is something you would never get from commercial radio, even if you listened all day, every day. Sure, they may occasionally tease you by saying they will be playing a “deep track” or something from the “vault,” but you know it won’t be a Willie Nelson cover of a Coldplay song, an introspective, original soul jerker by Wilco or any of the other distinctive songs below. Commercial radio doesn’t have tracks that run this deep. Their supply is limited.
- Abducted - Cults
- Busman’s Holiday - Alla-lahs
- Why Don’t You Love Me? - Holly Golightly and Dan Melchior
- Careless Reckless Love - Jay Farrar
- Only for you - Heartless Bastards
- Little Black Submarines - The Black Keys
- I Found You - Alabama Shakes
- Someday Baby - Neil Diamond
- Strictly Reserved for You - Charles Bradley
- She’s a Jar - Wilco
- Breathe - Laura Marling
- You Know - Laura Marling
- Invisible - Steve Earle
- The Scientist - Willie Nelson
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