Tunes and Technology

It’s hard, sometimes, to keep track of where we are these days with technology, especially the everyday kind.

Take music, for example: We’ve got vinyl experiencing a minor resurgence in popularity, but eight-tracks are nowhere to be seen.  Cassettes are done for outside of the occasional Bruno Mars video, as are MiniDiscs (they died quicker than betamax video). CDs are apparently on their way out–but I can’t bear to throw them away–and streaming services are approaching the point of being ubiquitous.

To complicate the streaming scene, are you listening on a phone? A tablet?  A desktop? Or, and this one is new, a digital assistant like Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa?

In my house, we’re doing a little bit of all that.  Well, mostly I am.

My wife, I like to think, enjoys being married to a husband who makes it all work.  Well, technology wise, that is. She’s a successful tax accountant, an incredible wife, mother, and nana, and  is someone who can do–and does–just about anything she sets her mind to.

All that said, she occasionally still asks me what kind of phone she has.  As in, Android or iPhone? She sits on a computer all day at work, yet sometimes technology escapes her.

This morning, I’m standing at the sink listening to some music, not really thinking about much. Suddenly, she bursts into the room, proclaiming, “Hey Google, turn it up!”

The volume doesn’t go up.  I’m listening through Spotify on my phone.

“Hey, Google, turn it up!” she commands, just a little bit louder this time.


As she’s getting ready to go louder, I tell her that it’s on my phone, not through the Google assistant.

Without skipping a beat, she looks at me and commands, “Hey, Tim, turn it up!” and walks back to what she was doing.

What do you know?  That worked!

Let your love fly like a bird on a wing

And let your love bind you to all living things

And let your love shine and you’ll know what I mean

That’s the reason

   The Bellamy Brothers, Let Your Love Flow, 1975


4 thoughts on “Tunes and Technology”

  1. This is a nice slice of family life! I used to appreciate my husband who also took care of the technology and technology decisions for me! Now, I’m mumbling through trying to make it work!

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  2. I love technology and usually feel pretty competent. However, the Google Home stuff has not been making me feel good about it at all! Every thing I ask seems beyond her capability. I know I need to do things to get it working the way I want to, but I just can’t figure it out.

    Love that song, by the way.

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    1. I’m not too excited about the product, but I honestly didn’t have really high expectations. I, er, we, use it to play music, find out the temperature, know the time since we don’t have a clock in the living room, and turn on some lights. I know it’s got a lot more capabilities than I, er, we, take advantage of. Someday we’ll get to it!


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