Yesterday I went skiing with two new ski buddies,
both of whom had ipod shuffles and one ear bud
in their right ears – listening to music the
whole day (and occasionally, to me –
if I was telling them where to get the goods ;-))
I don’t ski to music, but I’d say a majority
of the people I ski with, do, so I got to
thinking about where this whole idea of
having music with you everywhere you go, came from.
And here’s what I found:
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The Boom Box revolutionized self-expression
through means of music.
Whether you were bumpin Ben’s favorite,
ABC on your shoulder through downtown L.A.,
rockin out to Led Zepplin on the park bench
with buddies, or debuting your newest bedroom
recording to the world, the BOOMBox made
three things possible:
1. It allowed the carrier to JAM everywhere
he went (despite the wishes of his surrounding peeps)
2. It created a portal from which the
carrier to express, make a statement, and entertain –
3. It probably exposed a lot of people to a
whole new world they never even knew existed.
4. It most likely sparked impromptu dance parties,
that before this wonderful creation, would not
have happened. Yessssssssss. (just thought of that one)
In any case, the BOOMBOX revolutionized music
and people’s relationship to their favorite jams.
Unfortunately, the BOOMBOX was heavy and
people’s shoulders started to get tired.
So after a short stint, the BOOMBOX evolved
into the walkman, which turned into a discman,
then into a Minidisc/mp3 player, then ipod,
and finally, the square inch wonder BOOMBOX, the ipod shuffle.
I wonder how many different bands are
playing on the mountain at any given moment.
Every single skier is in their own world,
and music is like a stimulant that works to
enhance the experience even more.
So, if you have an ipod, walkman, or simply
like rockin out to Pandora.com while at work,
let’s take a moment and thank the creators
of the BOOMBOX, because without that puppy,
who knows how we’d get through the day.
And to ipod shuffles – our Shoulders thank you.
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