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Enjoying traditional entertainment
Written by Bob Hyle   
Tuesday, November 06, 2012 10:51 PM

As much as I like the new electronic toys that are available, I still find myself a creature of old habits. Unfortunately, the old habits have changed so much that they are hardly recognizable today.

One of my favorite ways to kill some time used to be going to a record store. Saturday afternoon was a great time to stop at the Sight ‘n Sound store on Queen City Avenue in Fairmount (back when people didn’t look at you crazy if you told them you were going to Fairmount) and go through the stacks of albums while listening to new music.

There are a couple of music stores still available in Cincinnati today, but they are fighting a difficult battle. Bookstores stepped into the breach for a while, but they are fighting their own war and seemed to have surrendered the music battle.

I work in Kentucky so I occasionally stop in the Joseph-Beth Bookstore in Crestview Hills and I’m shocked at how few CDs can be found there. They have more Vera Bradley LSD-inspired bags than they do CDs.

I’m an iPod owner so today I get much of my music digitally, but when I’m out on the road in my car there is still nothing that beats the experience of popping a CD into the music system and going with it.

It’s pretty much the same with books as well. I have yet to invest in an electronic reader. I’m sure the user experience is fine and may even be cheaper and easier in the long run, but for now I remain a hardback fan. I may very well change my mind should my wife and kids buy me one for Christmas, but I confess that I don’t read enough books to get my money’s worth.

So last week I continued my old-school ways and got online at Amazon.com to buy a CD from guitarist Joe Bonamassa and the new John Grisham book “The Racketeer.”

Coincidentally, Bonamassa is in Cincinnati on Friday night at the Taft Theatre. I became familiar with his work from a performance video that my friend and fellow Press columnist Jack Dominic ran on his TV station (WCET) recently. It certainly was a treat and having the CD from that show—Joe Bonamassa: Live from New York—is already getting heavy airplay in my home and car.

I don’t read a lot of thrillers, but for some reason Grisham has always entertained me. The endings sometimes disappoint, but once you get going into the heart of the story you can’t seem to stop. By the time you read this I’ll probably be finished, so I’ll hold off on my review, but he certainly knows how to string sentences together.

To cap off my multimedia weekend, my lovely wife and I went to see “Flight” on Saturday evening, the movie that will probably garner Denzel Washington some award nominations. The hook is the inverted airplane—and that’s quite some hook—but the story is really about drug and alcohol dependency. The concept of a functional alcoholic may be difficult to generate much sympathy, but it is eye opening.

Technology has enabled us to enjoy movies at home, but trust me, you have to see an upside-down jet on the big screen to really appreciate it. For me, it’s all about movies on the big screen, books on paper, and music on CDs (no, I don’t miss vinyl). My artistic cup is full for at least a few weeks.

Bob Hyle writes a weekly column and covers sports for The Harrison Press.  He lives in Bright.