We've often mentioned the meaninglessness of the calendar in pop music. We welcome the opportunities to play new music every week. But we insist that the new stuff sounds best when mixed with the old stuff, and the old stuff sounds best mixed with new stuff. Chuck Berry is timeless. The Beatles, the Bangles, the Ramones, Stevie Wonder, Linda Ronstadt, the Kinks, Taj Mahal, the razzafrazzin' Partridge Family, whatever--all great pop music is right now, regardless of its release date in the 1950s or in the 21st century or the week after next. We're listening to it all in the moment. The moment matters, if not more than its prologue, then at least enough to revel in its giddy immediacy.
We can't replace the memories of where and when and how (and with whom) we discovered past favorites. We can reinforce them, and enhance them in new surroundings. It's what we do as pop fans. Say it with us one more time: every favorite record began as something you'd never heard before. Hell, there are still great old records you haven't heard yet, and great new music being made every day. More favorites are out there, waiting for their turn at the dance.
Let 'em in, and let 'em mingle. The dance party's just getting started. This is what rock 'n' roll radio sounded like on a Sunday night in Syracuse this week.
This Is Rock 'n' Roll Radio with Dana & Carl airs Sunday nights from 9 to Midnight Eastern, on the air in Syracuse at SPARK! WSPJ 103.3 and 93.7 FM, and on the web at http://sparksyracuse.org/ You can read all about this show's long and weird history here: Boppin' The Whole Friggin' Planet (The History Of THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO).
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