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Muse Flash: Where Do You Find New Music?

Where Do You Find New Music? Apart from my teen and preteen I don’t know anyone who listens to the radio. With all the different forms of satellite radio, internet radio, file-sharing, online music and etc. it’s a wonder anyone puts up with the commercials anymore. So how do you find out about new bands and new songs or do you just keep reliving the old days?

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I find new music primarily through two sources. The first, Pandora, is a little more traditional—in the sense that it is musical in nature. It’s a web service that is designed to recommend music based on other music that you like. Some of their recommendations you’ll like and some you won’t, but you can make the suggestions more tailored to you. Over the past three years I’ve had moderate success with Pandora, though it’s been better as a background soundtrack than for real discovery.

The second source is ESPN Radio. I listen to it on Sirius Radio and online and they sometimes fill in the spaces for regular commercials with lead in music. In the last two years I’ve been introduced to The Lift, Carolina Liar and Thriving Ivory, all from the filler music on ESPN Radio.

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Muse Flash: When You Grew Up…

What did you want to be when you grew up? Not when you were twelve and were giving the question serious thought, but when you were eight and the world was still all magic and possibilities.

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I wanted to be the voice of Donald Duck. I don’t remember when I learned that I could imitate Donald Duck’s voice, or if it was by chance of by effort on my part. All the way back to the crib I found Donald Duck to be hilarious, and his voice especially so. My mother said that when we went to Disney World when I was about a year and a half old, that I wanted nothing to do with Mickey, and freaked out when my parents told me that I’d only get to meet Donald if we found him (evidently, the day was saved by a helpful DW cast member).

During my youth I spent hours, practicing the voice—first from read-along books, and later from toys and Saturday morning cartoons. Speaking in Donald’s voice never failed to make my mom or papa laugh, and I think one of the reasons I practiced it so much was because it seemed it could cheer people up when they were down. By the time I was about ten years old, no one I knew could tell the difference between me and Clarence Nash.

Alas, real life crept in, and the removal of my wisdom teeth altered the voice. I don’t do the voice often anymore—largely because after the wisdom teeth came out, it’s a little painful—but it’s a surefire way to make the kids laugh, even if they’re having a bad day.

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