Recent reports derived from an interview off a satirical Canadian program tell of a now 59-year-old man who took shelter in an underground bunker December 31st, 1999 in preparation of the Y2K virus and the meltdown of Western Civilization.
Now, of course, this was obviously meant to be a comical play on how we live our lives preparing for the worst to come (see; 2012 Mayan Calendar) rather than anticipating that life will go on and that the meaning of life (while obscure and largely undetermined by philosophers since the dawn of consciousness) is mainly to lead your life on the path that finds you happiness, discovery, and wisdom through experience.
That aside, one of the questions posed by the mysterious "Bunker Dweller" after his 14-year-seclusion caught my eye almost immediately: Where are all the music stores? He wasn't exactly quoted which is why I've left the quotation marks out, but the question was reportedly posed in regards to how much the brave new world had changed.
It leads to an interesting thought: Where have they gone?
When was the last time you walked down the street to your local record store to pick up the latest album of your band, hang out with some friends, listen to some good jams, and generally enjoy the culture and life that music brings us. Probably a long time ago, wasn't it? Depressing, isn't it?
Fortunately earlier this year, in September, Frank Iero was good enough to give us a few words as he christened the opening of A&M in Lyndhurst, but this is one store amid a 10-mile-radius.
With all the closings of music venues this summer, and the realization that the only place to get music these days is off of iTunes and Amazon or otherwise at local shows from local bands, it sort of makes you realize that the famed "Norman Feller" whether he exists or not, and whether he was underground all this time or not, wasn't the only one who was, metaphorically speaking, living in a bunker.
As a better man than I once said, "Life moves fast, if you don't stop to look around once in a while, you might miss it."
At the end of 2013, we here at Examiner.com urge you to take closer notice of your local outlets for music and art in 2014, and don't let our little slice of culture disappear anymore than it has.
Ring in change, and get yourself out there, NJ.