It's not only the hills that are alive with the sound of music, it's everywhere. Technology has put music in earphones both on and off the street, in background sound in stores, in computers and mobile devices at work and at home. You can add a lot of other situations where silence or cacophony used to reign.
Folks in East Contra Costa talked about how music has happily and increasingly invaded their lives. The kind of music depends a lot on age and taste.
Kaleb Edwards of Oakley is 17. "I've got music in my ears 80 percent of my waking hours," he said. "It's on while I'm studying and whenever I'm out. It's a much bigger part of my life than it used to be. Mostly I listen to CDs. My favorite music is punk rock. I'm old-fashioned," he laughed."
Brentwood's Julia Andersen, in her 30s, also is listening to music more than ever. "I'm guessing at least five hours a day I'm hearing some kind of music. And I seem to be hearing more and more of it," she said. "Most of what I listen to is top 40s. I don't care much for other stuff that's popular."
John Bisbee of Brentwood is in his 20s. "I'm listening more than two hours a day. It's mainly online and on my iPod. Those live music performances on YouTube are great," he said. "The style of the music differs greatly. You name it. I go for surf, punk, swing and rock 'n' roll."
Mike Beck, is in his 40s and is from Martinez. He said the amount of time listening to music hasn't changed
Junior and Jessica Diaz of Antioch are in their 20s. They said they're listening less now than before and are unhappy about it. "We can't do it at work. At home we have music on all the time. We tune to the TV music channel and have hip-hop playing as much as possible. We also have it on when we're in the car."
"Life's boring without music," said Robbie Page, 19, of Oakley. "I listen mainly through ear phones about six hours a day," she said. "If I'm on a long drive I've got the car plugged in. At home it's the iPod or CDs in the laptop. I listen to a lot of different kinds of music, but mainly l like classic rock and hip-hop."
Joseph Vassar, 16, of Knightsen, is a musician. He plays bass and drums and is both listener and participant. "I play along with music on CDs and the iPod. I like a lot of diverse stuff but mostly I'm into metal and hard core punk," he said. "I'm a listener too. I go to a lot of concerts and at work I have my CD player on about two hours a day."
Tamlynn Lynch of Oakley is in her 40s and listening less not more. "I play music only two hours a week. "In the car it's the radio or CDs. I stopped listening a lot because the nonstop commercials were a waste of time and I'm a fan of only a few female artists."
Contact Ed Arnow at BrentwoodBuzz@aol.com.