There is a theory going around that you can’t learn to love new music after you turn 30. In my experience, most people don’t.The play list of your life gets set in stone. Everyone gets  too busy to invest hours listening to the same new songs or album over and over which is necessary for them to find a long term place in your head. Kids, jobs and mortgages cause us to stop caring what other people think of the music we like. Inevitably you find yourself less likely to be in those places or on those radio stations where  you’re going to hear anything new.


I am not talking about the inevitable undercurrent of a musical soundtrack that builds up over time and plays in the every day and sings us through the rigours of our lives  like a collection of songs that makes up the soundtrack of a movie, our ten to one countdown, the list from which you might chose your funeral music perhaps. It goes without saying that many of those tracks will come from your playlist but that is a much larger compendium of your likes, but it should be a dynamic and ever growing list.


When you get to retirement as I have, it becomes even harder to add new music to one’s playlist even if you want to make an effort to search it out. One becomes less patient to wade through the cacophony that is constantly bombarding us. Particularly if one is time poor for craving silence to allow the reflective mind to do its thing.


For this reason,  I was overjoyed to have recently stumbled upon the CAAMA web site in pursuit of the arresting sound of Tjamuku Ngurra by Tjintu Desert Band which I heard by chance on NITV recently when channel surfing late one evening. The CAAMA online shop is a positive cornucopia of every style of Blackfella music imaginable with a comprehensive back catalogue of every individual artist and band. Believe me, the music is one of the hidden gems of contemporary Aboriginal culture.


CAAMA is at the forefront of getting it out there for the rest of Australia and hopefully the World – some of the music is that good.  And best of all, the Sales Manager Karen (Kaz) Selbie is extremely helpful and accommodating; nothing is too much trouble for her.


thanks,  Byron Cross, Tasmania, Australia,  25 March 2015