New way to relive the old days
I was driving home from work the other day and noticed a small car parked that, at first glance, appeared to have been vandalized. It looked as if someone had taken a bar of soap and went wild on the windows by writing various things in large letters.
Upon closer inspection, however, it looked more like a billboard on wheels to promote an oldies radio station. Out of curiosity I tuned into the frequency on my car radio and was immediately hooked.
I supposed I could be accused of living in a cave the past several weeks because this was the first I had heard of this station whose presence on the FM dial was 99.7. I heard the word Norfolk mentioned and realized it was a new local station.
Further investigation revealed it to be a sister station to the 98.9 FM station known as My FM.
Oldies music, especially that from the 1960s and ‘70s, is what most appeals to me and comprises the bulk of my CD collection. I can lose myself in that stuff all day long. I guess oldies can be defined today as anything at least 15 years old. As the decades have passed, there are fewer and fewer songs that appeal to me. In other words, I liked just about everything that came out of the 1960s and ‘70s, but by the end of the 1980s, there was more music from that decade I didn’t care for than what I liked. The music I admired from the 1990s was even less so, and that trend has continued on into the current millennium.
In just the 15-minute drive home, I listened to a handful of songs that were instantly recognizable. A couple of them were from the 1980s when my interest in current music began to peter out, but these selections happened to be among those I liked. So far, I like what I’m hearing.
My musical tastes vary. When I say I like the stuff from the ‘60s and ‘70s, it includes the likes of Tom Jones and Engelbert Humperdinck. When I admit that to anyone, they look at me as if I was something that just fell from a tree. And, admittedly, I actually enjoyed disco music from the latter half of the 1970s.
I can listen to Tom or Engelbert one moment and then turn around and listen to the Statler Brothers the next and move on to the Beatles and eventually the Mamas and the Papas or Johnny Cash.
Once the 1980s arrived, I simply tuned out from listening to contemporary radio stations and sought out those that specialized in oldies which, then, meant stuff from the 1960s and ‘70s. The odd gem, even to this day, will come along when I randomly catch airplay from other stations, but in general I tend to live in the past when it comes to music.
Kudos must be extended to this new radio station. I’ve already locked it into my presets in the car.