Bryan Harwell

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What Happened (They Took It All Away) (Story Behind The Song)


In 2009, the powers that be turned off the analog television signals that had been on since 1946. I must say that it affected me. Most people were not affected, since they have been on cable since the 1980s. Cable television never came to my area. I was still using rabbit ears to watch television. In fact, it was three years later when I finally bought a digital rooftop antenna and brought television back into my home.

That’s the way it’s been with music, television and movies. The formats are always constantly changing. If you don’t keep up, you will be left behind with nothing. I finally had to get rid of all of my VHS tapes, because the quality of VCRs being produced was horrible. They are not holding up. Besides, the old tapes were deteriorating and I knew I needed to switch to DVD.

By the time I switched to DVD, investing a lot of money in old movies and shows, Blue-Ray came along. I’m not ready to switch formats again. In fact, I see no point in changing to another format after changing to this one. That’s when this whole format thing enters into the realm of the ridiculous.

I haven’t even talked about audio formats. We’ve went through LP’s, 8-tracks, cassettes, CD’s, and downloads. Arguably, the best sound comes from the vinyl LP. The worst format is the 8-track. Cassettes are great, but they tend to wear out. The most versatile format is the CD. Downloads are the most convenient for many people. Each format has its pros and cons, but why so many formats? It really doesn’t make a lot of sense.

This song is about trying to cope with all of these format changes. It isn’t easy, but we can manage. The ultimate question asked in this song is “What Happened?” I still don’t understand it. I’m just trying to keep my collection of old movies and old music. It’s difficult when I have to keep buying them over and over again.

On this song, you will hear me on guitar, bass, drums, harmonica, and vocals. Enjoy!

Click here to listen and download “What Happened (They Took It All Away).”

Posted in Stories Behind The Songs by Bryan Harwell on December 30th, 2013 at 11:00 am.

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