Apropos of other music memorabilia, a new dedication site, This Goes Out To:
[It] gives old-school radio dedications a life on the web. Some dedications are transcribed from radio broadcasts, but most come from viewers of the blog via email and Twitter. There is an alchemy to song dedications — canned ingredients combined to express earnest and deeply felt emotion. The music is often saccharine. The words of love and longing tend toward the generic, delivered in the slick, mannered voice of the DJ. And yet, with dedications, as with many forms of private sentiment expressed in public, the emotional pull is undeniable. The fact of an audience intensifies the dedicator’s sentiment, and listeners get a voyeuristic charge from the public displays of intimacy.
All shout-outs and dedications are accompanied by tunes expertly arranged by the talented Taylor Stapleton. From Hall & Oates to George Clinton to Kleer to George Michael, it’s not to be missed. While this project is still in its early stages, just like I was with Casey Kasem, I’m addicted.