The other day I was in the car driving one of the kids somewhere. Or maybe it was two of the kids. Or a bunch of kids - whatever. Anyway, I was listening to one of the few noncommercial radio stations in our area and I suddenly realized why I love listening to the radio.
Side note: I should admit to only listening to the radio in the car. For some reason at home I prefer CD's or the computer but in the car where I sometimes need to turn it up, WAY UP, to drown out the children. Where my mood can change in a flash. Just GET OUT OF THE WAY already! I prefer the radio. Besides, the pressure of picking out music to take in the car? And the time commitment? I'm lucky if I leave the house with both shoes on and all of the required children. Music is often not thought of at all.
So, the car. The radio. Commercial free only (I HATE radio commercials) unless I feel like surfing around. I'm not a big radio surfer but once and a while I'll do it to find something I want to hear.
Where was I? Did I have a point? Wait...
Yes! My point. Why I love the radio. And not that Satellite stuff where you get 8 million choices. Each specific to a fault. I want variety. I want to be surprised.
Back to the other day. I'm listening to a station that plays a mix of contemporary music. No country or pop or annoying crap that makes me want to smash the thing. And suddenly on comes Istanbul (Not Constantinople) by They Might Be Giants. Great band. Haven't listened to them in a while. Makes me want to dig out some of their stuff when I get home.
Then some more stuff I couldn't name if I tried. (I have the world's worst memory when it comes to song and artist names.) Then suddenly? Dirty Laundry by Don Henley. Ah, brings back memories. Not something I'd want to own. Or listen to often. But since I haven't heard it in more years than I care to remember... fun!
More music I can't recall... and then! Call Me by Blondie. Yes, showing my age again! But I love me some Blondie.
Another side note: Also, until just now when I did a search for Blondie to give you that handy-dandy link, I had no idea they still existed. I totally thought she went out on her own. Which, I'm pretty sure she did. I guess they got back together. Who knew? Not me. I'm a bit out of touch with the whole music scene.
So yes, I'm a child of the 80's. And I really do dig the surprise gems the radio can toss into our lives at the most unexpected moments. Brightens my day.
And now... what brightens your day unexpectedly?