By Celia B.
From after-school a capella to gym class playlists, it is clear that music has a prominent role in the lives of students at Duxbury High School.
No longer is the radio the desired source for song-surfing. In fact, many students now scorn the station Kiss 108, among many other music channels. Junior Maddie B. said, “They remixed ‘Cruise!’ The original version was so fun. And now they’ve ruined it.” Sophomore Noel H. can relate to Maddie’s feelings. He explained how he once heard a redesigned version of Usher’s “Uptown Girl.” He said, “It was pretty terrible.” Sophomore Nancy D. admits that whenever she hears a remix, she changes the station. She went so far as to say, “Remixes never actually sound good.”
In recent years, many alternatives to the radio have been produced. In 2005, the website Pandora was founded, allowing its users to create and customize their own stations depending on their desired genre. More recently, in 2011, Spotify emerged as a streaming source, giving people on-demand access to millions of songs–like Netflix, but for music.
Junior Katie W. prefers Pandora. She said, “I like the variety it offers, and I discover a lot of new songs there.” However, sophomore Will S. goes for Spotify. He said, “I like [Spotify] because you can actually choose your song. You know what I mean?” It seems like sophomore Rachel W. knows what he means, because she agrees. She said, “Spotify is a perfect go-to to hear the music you really want to hear.”
Unlike Pandora and Spotify, the app 8Tracks, which rose to fame this summer, consists of millions of different playlists made by users themselves. Another difference about this app is that is does not have audio advertisements. Sophomore Sam B. is a strong supporter of 8Tracks. Sam said, “Say for instance I’m doing homework. I can search the tag ‘relaxing,’ and browse playlists that way, or I can search a particular artist. [8Tracks] is great because it’s where I get all my new music.” Sam has made his own playlist, which has received over 1,000 listens.
Playlists themselves are particularly important to the athletic aspect of DHS. Before every sporting event, a warm-up mix blares from the speakers, serving to get the players pumped to perform.
When driving, many students opt for auxiliary cords to which they can plug their phone, iPod, iPad, MP3 player, or even Walkman into, so that they can listen to their own music. Some argue that it was these cords that killed the radio, but others claim that the radio killed itself. Senior Bella M. said, “Saturday night remixes are just no.” Are Kiss 108, and stations similar to it, indeed responsible for their own demise? Or are they even downfalling? Orchestra teacher Mr. Tatarka believes some aspects of the radio could be altered, but thinks others work. He said, “I like Mattie in the Morning. But when the actual music comes on, I change the station.” Contrary to popular opinion, sophomore Savannah C. does not think the radio needs to change at all. She said, “They play all the songs I like!”