Saturday, 2008.04.26, 2:05 AM CST.
belated RIP to Music Sound World.
you can tell by the time of this posting, I am up fairly late.
Lanna and X are asleep, and I guess I'm just being a night owl.
I fell asleep for a short bit on the living room floor while watching
TV, but then woke up and haven't felt incredibly tired. At this
point, I've been awake for a couple of hours or so.
week has been okay. I finally watched Cloverfield, a
film which I had hoped to see much earlier. On Tuesday, it was
released on DVD, and I picked up a copy in the limited-edition "steel
box" packaging from FYE. I had intentionally tried to avoid
any information about the film until viewing it, and while it wasn't
the greatest movie of all time, it was visually remarkable and an impressive
piece of work overall.
I've been listening to the Red Hot Chili Peppers' song "Dani California"
repeatedly. Although I usually lean more towards electronic or
downtempo fare, I will freely admit that I absolutely love a lot of
the Peppers' tunes. "By the Way" was a masterpiece,
as was "Under the Bridge," for which I have a deep emotional
affection. "Dani California" is also an amazing song
- so "rocky" and driven, but yet so touching. Even though
the song was only released a couple of years back, it makes me feel
quite nostalgic. Plus, the video is incredible.
are still a number of things that I've wanted to write about that I
meant to mention during my "dry spell" over this year.
This particular post has been overdue for quite a while.
to my favourite music equipment shoppe in Tulsa.
As with so
many other parts of my past last year, I found out in January that Music
Sound World, the wonderful music shoppe located around 27th and Memorial
(up in front of the Oertle's/David's/Burlington Coat Factory/Clear Channel
building), was now closed. I called in to ask their PA and DJ
gear guru, Maury Tindle, about their price on a particular Peavey mixer,
and although someone was there to pick up the phone (Maury himself,
I think), I was told that they had actually closed for business at the
end of December. I was stunned.
up another score in the "pieces of my past gone forever" game.
This will count as yet another reason that 2007 was a year of tremendous
loss for me.
first remember going into Music Sound World in very early 1989, with
my mentor DJ Dave. We'd just gone music shopping (I had picked
up the domestic 12" of new remixes of Depeche Mode's "Everything
Counts"), and Dave needed to go to MSW for a bit, so I tagged along.
Although I wasn't into "live" music performance gear, I was
impressed by how much stuff they had to offer.
in 1989, when my parents very kindly offered to fund the foundation
of my first DJ company, EKG, we went to MSW for my first mixer, speakers,
and DJ coffin. In fact, I think I even got my first DJ truss there.
I know that I was probably a lot more annoying back then (being a very
fortunate high school kid), and to the staff of MSW, if you're reading
this, then I apologize if I ever irritated you.
over the years, whenever I needed an upgrade, I would go in and talk
with Maury or one of the other guys; the expertise abounded in that
place, and I could usually get a decent deal. It was a much smaller
business than places like Saied Music (with whom I refuse to do business),
but it felt a lot more "warm and friendly." You could
tell that the people there really loved what they were doing.
They weren't just salespeople; they were musicians who loved to share
their musical knowledge.
the late 1990s, however, I admit that my loyalties began to stray.
Although I sometimes went there for the occasional odds and ends, I
knew that I could get better prices online for the "big stuff,"
and more and more often I chose to go that route. Money was sometimes
tight for me, and I guess I just presumed that MSW had more die-hard,
regular customers who would keep the business afloat. Obviously,
I was mistaken.
I had the technical means and the finances to go back in time and make
more purchases from Music Sound World over the past several years, then
I'd gladly do so if it meant that they would still be around today.
I deeply regret that they had to go under.
to Maury, Randy (the owner), Terry (the keyboard whiz), Barney (the
brilliant sound tech who worked there in my early DJing days), and everyone
else at Music Sound World, I hope that you're doing well, and I can't
tell you how sorry I am that MSW isn't around anymore. It was,
in my opinion, one of the backstage cornerstones of the Tulsa live music
scene, and even though it had been quite a while since I last visited
there, I had some wonderful memories there. I will miss it very