RT Cunningham


Listening to Eighties Music in the United States and the Philippines

eighties music Depending on your perspective, you could say I’m old or you could say I’m young. Well, when it comes to music, age doesn’t really matter. I know many younger people who prefer eighties music as much or even more than I do. I even know a few older people who prefer it as well.

I’m not talking about in the United States only because it’s also what I’ve experienced while living in the Philippines. It seems like there’s more music from that decade that spans the generations than any other decade of music.

Maintaining my Collection of Eighties Music

The last time I looked through the names associated with my music, I noticed how heavily it leaned toward the rock ballads of the 1980s. Of course that wasn’t all of it, because there was some stuff from other decades as well as other genres. It’s just that the brunt of it was the stuff from the eighties.

I started collecting music on cassette tapes in the 1970s and started replacing those tapes with CDs in the 1980s. When I was finally able to do so, I started replacing all of it with MP3 files. I’ve done a lot of conversions myself and I rarely buy music anymore.

Although I’m in the United States now, it’s only temporary. My wife and I plan to split our time between the United States and Philippines as I explained in my retirement story. I have a couple of hard drives waiting for me at our house in the Philippines. I haven’t filled even half of the space I have available. I use those hard drives only for storage, copying the files to other devices when I want to listen to it.

Listening to Eighties Music

I don’t listen to music as much here in the United States as I always do in the Philippines. When I feel the need to listen to it, I’ll listen to it on YouTube Music. I listen to music a lot more in the Philippines, especially when there’s a party taking place. With 20 relatives living in my compound, and most of them being below the age of 18, there are more birthday parties than anything else.

Usually, after the party festivities have ended, the karaoke singing begins. That’s when whatever device is playing my music is turned off and retired for the evening. We have a karaoke microphone, with hundreds of songs on it, but we rarely use it anymore. It’s ancient and it doesn’t work with new televisions. Believe it or not, it has mostly eighties music on it too.

No, we rent karaoke machines when we’re in the Philippines and for good reason. If we had a machine available every day, the younger children would be on it every day. My ears can only take so much.

YouTube Music

I’m sure I enjoy listening to YouTube Music more than I should. I like the various playlists, but these are my favorites:

I don’t see why I wouldn’t be able to listen to YouTube Music when I’m in the Philippines, but stranger things have happened. I’ve been locked out of various services in the past specifically because I was outside of the United States at the time. That’s the main reason I store my eighties music on hard drives there.

Originally published in March 2014.

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By RT Cunningham
June 20, 2019
Entertainment and Recreation

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