My taste in music has changed a great deal the last couple of years. I now find myself listening less to the radio, which seems to play the same vanilla sound everywhere across the dial. My tastes have turned more to Motown and rock from the 1960s and ‘70s.

The Delfonics, Chi-Lites, Gladys Knight, Roberta Flack, Paul Simon, The Stylistics, Diana Ross, Fleetwood Mac, and others now get my ear. I've also rediscovered Bob Dylan. Released in 1964, The Times they are a-Changin', was the rock icon's third album. Just 21 years old when it was released, Dylan already had the reputation as a rabble-rouser. He was friends with Joan Baez, and both had immersed themselves in the civil rights movement.

Times they are a-Changin' was Dylan's attempt to address what he thought were racial and class injustices in the U.S. It was a political statement as much as it was an album filled with music. Dylan, who is now 71 years old, is still performing, and he released his most recent studio album just two years ago. The times have certainly changed, and Dylan has changed with them.

Times are also changing here at THE CONCRETE PRODUCER in a different sort of way. First published in 2002, the TCP100 was our attempt to rank the largest companies in North America's concrete production industry. Through painstaking research and surveying producers like you, I'm proud to say we pulled it off.

And now, times are a changin'. We are making big changes to our annual survey feature. Starting this year, we will no longer rank the 100 largest producers in the industry. Instead, we want to know more about what producers like you are thinking. In a few weeks, we will send you a survey in which we will ask what trends you think are important, what concerns you have, and much more.

I also am seeking input from you about what you would like to see in our new survey. What issues are important to you? What would you like to learn from your fellow producers? It can be about technology, equipment, materials, markets, and much more. Please email me your ideas about what you would like to ask your fellow readers.

The feature story will appear in our August-September issue. Also new this year, this project will have a strong video component. Here on our website, you will be able to watch me and other staff members ask questions. In addition to completing and returning the survey form, you will have an opportunity to film your responses, which we will also post on our website.

But first, please let me know what you would like us to ask your fellow producers.


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