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Old Lady Russell is confused

Dave Matthews BandNow called Dad Rock released their new album last month! Hooray! And I like it! Hooray! I previewed it extensively by streaming it through Amazon Music and said, “Hey, Kim. BUY THAT ALBUM.” The iTunes store has the album for $11.99.

Here’s Amazon’s price listing:

  • $0 if I continue to stream it on my computer, or phone, or Amazon device via Amazon Music. I can take this music anywhere I want for free.
  • $11.99 for the MP3s, which is right on par with iTunes.
  • $9.35 for the actual CD, which has to be manufactured, plucked out of a warehouse, put in a package, put in someone’s car or truck and driven to my house. But the shipping is free.
  • $4.69+ if I buy it from some other GenX Old, who bought it just to rip it onto their player of choice and is smartly trying to recoup some money. But I’ll have to pay shipping, which brings it above Amazon’s price.
  • $18.96 if I buy it on vinyl, where I can only listen to it in the room that has the turntable, while praying that a dog doesn’t slam into the bookcase and cause it to scratch/skip because while vinyl sounds great, it is neither portable nor durable. I know this because I grew up with vinyl. Ask me about my scratched-up Make it Big album because when they sang “Jitterbug” on Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, they should have said “but not while listening to vinyl because your jumping will TEAR IT UP.

But DMB put the whole album on Youtube, so even if I didn’t have the Amazon Music subscription, I could listen to it for free.

(breaks out the TABLE tags)

Best options for:
The environment:My wallet:If I cared about literally owning the music:If it was still 1978:
Listen for free
Buy the MP3s
Listen for free
Buy a CD
Buy a CDBuy vinyl

Sooo… I’ll continue to listen for free until the music disappears from there and then if I still love the album, I’ll buy a CD.

I don’t understand commerce anymore. Feel free to commerce-splain to me below.

Friday 5: Rockit

Happy Saturday! I was going to write this last night but we watched the Olympics Opening Ceremonies instead. It was amazing and the five little kids who carried the artistic storyline were adorable!

Everyone needs gym buddies.

This weekend I have nothing planned but a cheat day wings meal and finishing up the A pillow from HELL. I should have just bought him a Paw Patrol Valentine’s box.

Time for the Friday 5: the theme is Rockit. Let’s get to it!

1. What’s your favorite instrumental hit song?
Wipeout by the Surfaris, which is probably my mother’s doing. But it was also in Dirty Dancing.

2. What’s a good movie with rockets in in it?
On a more erudite day, I’d say Hidden Figures. If I’m feeling all “USA! USA!” (Which I still do, despite her issues at the moment. Right now she’s the girlfriend whom I’m telling to take more walks, quit drinking, and brush her teeth.) it’s Independence Day. There are spaceships, which in my world count as rockets. My blog, my rules.

3. In 1977, Voyager I took off on its very long journey, loaded with two golden records containing sounds meant “to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth, and are intended for any intelligent extraterrestrial life form, or for future humans, who may find them,” according to Wikipedia. The contents were chosen by a committee chaired by Carl Sagan, but if Dr. Sagan called you today (you know, from beyond) and said there was room for ten more minutes of music and he was letting you choose it, what would you fill the ten minutes with?
Ten minutes is a lot, so I’m bringing in WM, my classical music expert, to help.


  • Ode to Joy
  • Soundtrack to Looney Tunes
  • Raiders March from Raiders of the Lost Ark

In his defense, we looked up the music on the records and most of his classical suggestions were covered.


4. What’s something you know about constellations?
Orion is almost always over my house. I can find the Big Dipper and Little Dipper easily, as well as Cassiopeia. Jack Johnson has a peaceful song about them. And it was the last warship with sails.

In my defense I was born in the early 70s.

5. When did you last spend time in a rocking chair?
WM’s chair is a rocking recliner, but the last time I spent time there was when I had that nasty bout of food poisoning in May.

And now that THAT’s out of the way … rat your hair, ladies and gents! It’s time for the 80s!


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