Song is still important. In a sense, song is the poetry of the age. Songs, usually the latest "hits" are constantly on people's minds, lips, and vocal chords. Dismen and iPods, with attendant earphones, are commonplace, even among telephone repairmen at work. It's important to remember that every sloka is a song, a mantra, a melody, a poem. A sloka decorates the minds of those addicted to Krsna.