Saturday, January 6, 2018
Steve's Downtown Music
Steve's Downtown Music is located in the central Florida city of Deland. It's been the place to go for CDs, records, movies, posters, shirts with music themes, magazines, etc., since the late 1990s.
Deland is an interesting city and the home of Stetson University. A few years ago, someone asked me how Deland got its name.
Well, I explained, back in the 1890s, a couple of Europeans on a pleasure cruise, but really looking for a place to settle down, disembarked near what today is Daytona Beach. They decided to go for a walk. They headed west and walked and walked and walked and finally came upon a most beautiful city with a downtown, a courthouse, a playhouse, a movie theater, a university, a Walmart and several saloons.
These two explorers were stunned. One of them blurted out, "Are you sure this is de land?" And the other, tired and grumpy from their travels, said, "Well, it sure as hell ain't de sea."
And so the city was called Deland ever after.
And that's the truth.