When I was young and wanted to hear music, I had two choices: put a record on the stereo or turn on the radio.

When portable tape players were introduced, I could get together with friends and record their vinyls, producing a grainy copy that would also capture the sounds of our chattering or the vacuum being run in the next room. My first mix tapes were a compilation of these scratchy songs on cassette tape.

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Janet Bostrom

In the 1970s, music became more portable. I saved my babysitting money to buy a Walkman so I could cruise the neighborhood with my own personal music (those tape cassettes). And for those who wanted to share their music with everyone else, willing or not, you could carry a Boom Box around on your shoulder and blast the sound everywhere.

CDs were introduced in the 1980s, so we could stop fussing with broken or tangled tapes. You could even shuffle the songs. My brother-in-law discovered that my sister loves this function when he struggled to understand his audiobook.

Now we don’t even have to worry about scratched discs; you can just download favorite songs and not bother with tapes or discs or records at all. Of course, they are still out in my garage getting warped by the heat.

My favorite music option now, aside from the outstanding live music available in Citrus County, is music provided by my voice-controlled intelligent personal assistant. If you own an Amazon Echo or similar device, you can simply call out “Alexa, play ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’” and “tada!” The tune fills the room.

Nothing could be simpler, but there is one caveat: You have to remember the names of the songs that you love.

Fortunately, if you remember when you were listening, you can request songs from that year. If you know who was singing, you can ask for their songs. And if you are totally clueless, perhaps it is time to haul out the old vinyls.

Janet Bostrom is a fan of the local music scene. You can reach her at citruscountymusic@gmail.com.

Entertainment schedule

Friday, Aug. 9

Cool Change, 7-10 p.m., The Blue Gator in Dunnellon

Mercenary Crew, 8 p.m. to midnight, Dana’s Bottoms Up II Saloon in Inverness

Wikked Steel, 9 p.m., High Octane Saloon in Homosassa

Moses Greyhound, 8 p.m., IRRU Social Club in Inverness

George Marshall, Jim’s Club 19 in Homosassa

Cajun Dave, 6-10 p.m., Mango Tangos in Homosassa

JoJo Jones, 6-10 p.m., Margarita Breeze in Crystal River

Palomino Blonde, 7 p.m., Marguerita Grill in Homosassa

Nightshakers, 7-11 p.m., Mickey’s Bar and Billiards in Crystal River

The Remember This Band, 6-10 p.m., Norton’s Riverside Sports Bar & Grill in Crystal River

Well Worn Soles, 6-10 p.m., Pine Street Pub in Inverness

Dave Adams, 6-10 p.m., The Shed at MacRae’s in Homosassa

Saturday, Aug. 10

Boogie Brothers, 7-10 p.m., The Blue Gator in Dunnellon

Hot Summer Music, 12-4 p.m., Crystal Harley-Davidson in Homosassa

JoJo Jones and the Jenerators, 1 p.m.; Chad 9.0, 9 p.m., High Octane Saloon in Homosassa

Celtic Conundrum, 6-9 p.m., Kelly’s Half Shell Pub in Crystal River

Palomino Blonde, 6-10 p.m., Margarita Breeze in Crystal River

Dual Action, 7-11 p.m., Mickey’s Bar and Billiards in Crystal River

Big Dave, 6-10 p.m., Monkey Bar at the Riverside Resort in Homosassa

Fred George, 5-9 p.m., Nature’s Resort RV Park in Homosassa

Bottoms Up, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Niko’s Roadhouse in Hernando

Doug Adam’s Band, 6-10 p.m., Norton’s Riverside Sports Bar & Grill in Crystal River

Tammy Hatch, 6-10 p.m., The Shed at MacRae’s in Homosassa

Moses Greyhound, 4 p.m., Silver Moon Tavern in Dunnellon

George Marshall, Whiskey River in Hernando

Sunday, Aug. 11

The Joes, 5-8 p.m., The Blue Gator in Dunnellon

Dave Shepard, 1 p.m., Crackers in Crystal River

JoJo Jones, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Crystal Harley-Davidson in Homosassa

Lawless Intent, 1-5 p.m.; Jaded, 9 p.m., High Octane Saloon in Homosassa

Walt Whitney, 2-5 p.m., Mango Tangos in Homosassa

Bing Futch, 1 p.m., Monkey Bar at the Riverside Resort in Homosassa

David Vitale, 6-10 p.m., Norton’s Riverside Sports Bar & Grill in Crystal River

Big Dave, 3-7 p.m., Old Mill Tavern in Homosassa

Palomino Blonde, 2-6 p.m., Seagrass Resort in Homosassa

Tammy Hatch, 6-10 p.m., The Shed at MacRae’s in Homosassa

Buddy Shaw, 2-6 p.m., Whiskey River in Hernando

Tuesday, Aug. 13

JoJo Jones, 7-11 p.m., Castaways Bar and Grill in Crystal River

Casey Young, 6-10 p.m., Lollygaggers in Crystal River

George Marshall, 6-10 p.m., Monkey Bar at the Riverside Resort in Homosassa

Kevin Zecker, 6-10 p.m., Norton’s Riverside Sports Bar & Grill in Crystal River

Thursday, Aug. 15

Fred George, 5:30-9:30 p.m., The Shed at MacRae’s in Homosassa

Dave Shepard, 6-10 p.m., Norton’s Riverside Sports Bar & Grill in Crystal River

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