Today was the day I listened to not-my-radio-station all day long. Well, when I was in the car, which is the only time I listen to the radio. The kids started a day camp across town, which very conveniently starts AND ends at the height of rush hour, so it was a couple of hours of drive time musical novelty.
The buttons in my car are programmed to:
- Adult contemporary (Bob Marley to The Lumineers to Ray LaMontage to Sheryl Crow)
3. Classical music
4. the 80s station
6. classic rock
So today, I programmed the second menu of buttons to the following:
1. Christian music
3. the Spanish station
6. top 40
Here's what I noticed:
- Both the hip-hop station and the top 40 station played "Fancy." My only previous exposure to the song was when Jimmy Fallon lip synched to it. I had just read this article by Brittney Cooper describing how Iggy, a white Australian, has co-opted black culture with this song, so I was both interested and slightly repulsed. Also, I can't get it out of my head.
- When I switched to the jazz station, I immediately wanted to switch away. Jazz is so...twitchy. Not enough melody. I was grumbling to myself, 'It's like the clarinet and the piano are playing two different songs that happen to have the same beat." Then I started counting the beat in my head, and suddenly it started making more sense to me. I wound up listening to two more songs before an ad came on. It's still not my cup of tea, but I bet it's fun to see live.
- The Christian station was boring. Sorry, but it was.
- I liked the music on the Spanish station--all that accordion music always reminds me of Eastern European songs--but the DJs were really shrieky.
- So were the hip-hop DJs.
- Top 40 was only slightly less dull than the Christian station.
- Surprise of the day--I was kind of digging the country station. I'm not sure why they have to sing with a twang--in rock and pop, you can't tell if a singer is American, Swedish. British, or what, so don't tell me they're not intentionally twanging--but I am a sucker for story songs. There were several that were okay, and one I came home and looked up. Luke Bryan's "Play it Again." I think I've heard his name, but I don't know any of his music.
This was fun. At first I had to remind myself not to switch away from the stations, but by the afternoon I would listen to several songs in a row, switching stations at ad breaks, like I normally do. My listening to unfamiliar stations all day doesn't do any good for the world, but it was definitely a "break out of my rut" day.