My taste in music has varied widely over the course of my life, as I’m sure it has for most people. As a child I grew up listening to my dad’s extensive collection of classic rock and alternative music. It was not uncommon to witness a 6-year-old me belting out the lyrics to The Resevoir Dogs. Then there was the time, at the ripe old age of 10, when I nodded my head to the new Red Hot Chili Peppers’ album and pretended to understand how the lyrics of those songs had “saved my dad while in drug rehab.”
I went through a pretty intense Smashing Pumpkins phase in middle school, and that somehow morphed into a tamer Dixie Chicks / Pop-Country phase by the time I graduated high school. I feel like in my early adult life, it was easy for me to settle into a life of enjoying popular country music, especially since I was living in a place where country music was popular and listened to by many people. When I moved away, however, that was no longer the case and given the fact that there was no good country radio station to listen to anymore, I began listening to “whatever I could find.”
Over the past 7 or 8 years I would say that I’ve predominantly listened mostly to pop music (which I am a little ashamed to admit). However, I haven’t really had much time to listen to music, to be honest. With the proliferation of iTunes and apps like Songza, I branched out a little more and was able to customize my own play list a little more. I elicited some advice from fellow bloggers for good running music, or relied on song list concierges on phone apps to pick some upbeat running songs.
When I’m not running, though, it seems like my car radio is often found on my local Virgin Radio station. This has become rather annoying lately, as I’ve gotten sick of hearing the same 5 songs (two of them Justin Bieber songs) multiple times a day (I’ve also been spending too much time in my car)! Therefore, I’ve started experimenting with listening to different stations again and I’ve found myself drawn back to the country music station (now that I am living back where more people like and listen to country music). I came to the realization that this is a good and necessary change in my life after this exchange happened between me and my older son over the weekend:
*Driving to Soccer Game*:
A: Mommy, can you put the radio station on [Virgin radio], please?
Me: (Hesitantly) Okay, just for a little bit
*Changing the radio and hearing… Justin Bieber… The next song starts: “Hotline Bling” by Drake
A: YES! My favorite song! (As he throws his hands in the air)
Me: *Promptly changed the radio station.*
Sorry, My 5-year-old’s favourite song is not going to be a song about late night booty calls. I guess it’s time to really re-evaluate the music I choose to listen to!