The Power of Radio?

Published September 18, 2014 by Iphis of Scyros

In an up and down day, it’s stronger than I thought.

So I was really depressed early on in the day, because the paper I had to turn in today felt to me like it had been written at about a high school level, or maybe even a middle school level, rather than a graduate school level.  Top that off with the general feeling like I’m not smart enough to make it as a graduate student, and that my novels are garbage.

So then I talk to the professor about where I want to go with my thesis, and he thinks my ideas are really interesting–though perhaps bordering a bit on not really being history per se–and so I’m feeling less bad about my prospects until class, when I hear what everyone else was thinking about the reading, and generally I go back to feeling like a total moron again.

So once I’m out of the parking garage and on the street, I turn on the radio, and it’s about 2/3 of the way through “Love Me Two Times”, which is awesome, ’cause I love the Doors.  I crank it up, and for the short duration of the song, I’m feeling pretty good.

Then the song’s over, and they play several songs that I don’t know.  They’re not bad, but they’re not all that great, either.

Then they play “We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions”.

I crank it back up, and I’m singing along, and generally starting to feel downright awesome, ’cause it’s just that kind of song.

So the song is winding down, and we’re in the final line of the song…

…and the stupid DJ starts talking.


I’m sitting there shouting “You can’t DO that!”  And other things to that effect.

Result?  Suddenly, I’m ticked off.  Very frustrating.

The irony about all this is that I don’t consider myself to be all that interested in music.  I always listen to the same radio station, ’cause I don’t know any others, and apart from a few songs I know from the time when I was buying CDs back in college (so all of them are at least 20 years old) I mostly only know songs that are included in movies I like.  (Which often means I only know part of the song.)

I don’t really have a point beyond that, though.  But I decided to keep a daily (online) journal, and if I don’t write something in it every day, then in what way is it still daily?

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