Last September Hubby decided I needed a new car. We had planned to wait another year, but sometimes you have to go with the flow and DO stuff. I got a 2010 Ford Escape, and it came loaded with everything except the heated leather seats. It gets great milage, is fun to drive, and has nice get-up-n-go when I need it. It has a decent sound system...
...and it came with a six month trial subscription to Sirius Radio.
My morning commute isn't long, only fifteen minutes, so I don't have much time to get in a couple of good tunes to start my day. I NEED my morning music as much as coffee. Maybe even more. Coming home, I want something instrumental to unwind to, a nice long jam band is perfect.
Allow me to digress. I grew up in the Chicago area, with a vibrant music scene. Chi-town blues & jazz clubs, the Opera House,and 492 different ethnic neighborhoods meant lots of good listening on the radio. Free radio. Radio stations that specialized in nothing BUT arcane one-hit wonders. Stations devoted solely to soul. And never less than four major stations playing current rock and alternative music. Chicago shaped me into a picky listener, and I thought the whole world was like this, full of wonderful stimulating tunes.
Then I moved to the cultural wasteland otherwise known as Las Vegas.
Don't get me started on the lack of decent coffee shops, museums, and crappy overpriced restaurants. Let's talk about the pathetic selection of free radio stations. They suck, big time. Nothing but angst-filled teenagers, i.e. Justin Bieber and his ilk, angry rap, and ho-ridden hip hop. Oh, and country, which is a dirty word where I come from. (sorry!) There's one "oldies" station, featuring the top 40 from the past 50 years. Like Ive never heard "Hey Jude" before, or even worse, EVERY song ever sung by Journey. I started listening to National Public Radio to save my sanity. Which, by the way, is pretty interesting, but definitely not melodious.
Then along comes my new Ford, with satellite radio.
It's Nevada living with Chicago choice! There's stations playing stuff by bands I've never heard of--and I know my bands; Hubby has a music-related business, and we listen to everything we find that's new to us. There's opera, alternative, blues, rock (new and classic), disco, & soul. There's CELTIC music for crying out loud! And three NPR stations, heh heh.
My commutes are complete.
You might ask why I don't just pop in a CD or plug in my MP3 player, and the short answer is that I want something NEW. Like Reggae played on a pipe organ accompanied by pygmies playing oboes in 5/4 time. You know, something interesting.
My six months are up on my free Sirius subscription, and you'de be correct if you guessed I subscribed.
Twelve bucks a month.
One Satisfied Listener.
And that's what I like best about my new car.