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Tim's January 1970 Personal Chart Blog
The evolution of Beyond Radio over the last 2 years continues. They have been cathartic, joyous, frustrating and emotional but all in a good way.
The introduction of the Beyond Radio Presents podcast made me turn my need to constantly seek new music backward and bridge the idea of nostalgia and discovery. Where do the connections lie? How do we present it and reach people stuck in the music of their youth or show how the new is a product of the past? Where do I find the time to add another layer to an already full plate?
The process has brought all of the above. Frustration in the form of time constraints, Joy in the discovery of unknown connections, Emotions from the renewed focus on my music from my past and Catharsis in feeling this is where I was supposed to land in this journey. And I have always looked at this as a journey.
Through it all I have been given so many unexpected gifts and now my work life has become an immersive exercise. Driving for Uber offers me flexibility, freedom and time to craft ideas. Music now is part of the bulk of my day. And when the conversations veer towards my passenger’s own connections to music, more ideas and personal discovery ensue.
While the intention of the podcast has been to reach people through nostalgia (a place where many adults park their connection to music) and expand their brains to discovery (whether it be new or new to them); another important layer grew from an unexpected event. You can hear the entire story on the podcast episode “Old Man Rant, Rave and Respects, Ep 2”. The gist of the story is the realization of the therapeutic effect of what we are doing.
That epiphany lead to the inclusion of new playlists on the website this past summer. Music therapy playlists that sometimes work off a music theme (the latest, Music Has Not Lost Its Soul containing R&B and Soul from the last 50 plus years) and sometimes have a more emotional target (From Darkness Into Light). These, like the podcasts, mix nostalgia and discovery.
With the podcast and music therapy playlists as a catalyst, the next step was looking back each month at my personal chart history. I started doing a weekly top 40 when I was 12 after discovering American Top 40. I had already been obsessed with the weekly chart at my local NY/NJ radio station WABC because they only posted their top 14 each week and I’d have to try and fill in the gaps during the week while listening. Those old charts are available on the web at https://www.musicradio77.com/surveys.html
I started that with Sept. 1979 and put together a playlist of my top 60 plus extras for the week of Sept. 23. These playlists are all available on the website and my Spotify account.
As I cycled back in January, I decided to go to 1970. I was 8 at the time and had not started a personal chart. That did not happen until I was 12. My intention was to create a chart for the month based on my feelings about the songs now. In listening to music that was out at that time I could separate the songs into 3 groups.
Songs that I remember from the time.
Songs I have come to know through the years (from commercials, movies, classic rock radio, etc.)
Songs that were completely new to me.