My taste in music has been questioned, criticized and mocked for years. I like all genres of music except country. And even then I’ll allow some country music as long as it was recorded in or before 1980. I have been known to sing a little Patsy Cline every now and again and who hasn’t been caught singing The Gambler the first time you ever sat down at a casino table? Just me? Ok then.
The truth is, I love to sing. I have been told I’m not particularly good at it, but I have never let other people’s opinions influence me much. Consequently, the music I like the best is music I can sing along to.
|My first ever karaoke performance. I was singing Bobby McGee.|
Today was a rather excellent sing along day. I’m still milking my free satellite radio trial that we got when we bought our car and after today, any doubts that I had of subscribing to the service have vanished. First, let me give you the list of my XM presets. Ryan and I were both allowed 6 stations. However, because of my broad spectrum of music likes, I find Ryan’s presets enjoyable, while he considers some of mine borderline torture. My lineup is as follows:
20 on 20 The description for this station is “The latest top 20 countdowns from pop, rock, hip-hop and more.” I enjoy all of the above so this is right in my wheelhouse. Another bonus of this station is that one channel previous is SiriusXM Hits 1. I don’t have to waste a preset when I can simply turn the dial one notch. You need to consider these things, folks.
80’s on 8 This is self explanatory as to the music played on this channel. Who doesn’t love some rad 80’s? I’m not sure how much longer I’ll keep this one, though. I go in phases when I need 80’s and other times when I can’t stand it.
90’s on 9 This was the result of some overzealous programming on my part. I was all excited and programmed this station on the first day. It’s going against the previous strategy of not programming a station immediately preceding or following an existing preset, but if I get rid of the 80’s station, things will be kosher once again.
Z100/NY I really like this station. They play about 99% Top 40, but every once and awhile they throw a random hip hop song from 1992 in there. It’s a nice treat.
Pop2K Yes, it’s music from the previous decade.
And last, but certainly not least;
Elvis Radio No explanation is needed. It’s Elvis and he’s fantastic.
|Ryan treated me to a trip to Graceland for our anniversary. Super awesome!|
Ryan’s presets include Pearl Jam Radio, Grateful Dead Channel, Classic Vinyl, Deep Tracks, Jam_On and 1st Wave. Besides opting to program stations that are already adjacent on the XM line up, I appreciate all of his selections; some are just not the easiest to sing along to. Specifically, the jam band stations. I don’t like waiting 10 minutes in between versus just so someone can get a crunchy groove on.
Back to my excellent travel music. Today started off with Sir Mix-A-Lot, BabyGot Back . I don’t care how overplayed this song is, I love it. My anaconda don’t want none unless you got buns, hon! Shut the front door with those awesome lyrics! Next up, DepecheMode, I Just Can’t Get Enough. That keyboard makes me bounce around in my seat. I arrived at Target singing Elvis, Always On My Mind. No one and I mean no one sings this song better than Elvis Presley. I made Rory sit, strapped in his carseat, until the song was over. The whole while I sang to him he was shouting, “No sing Mama!” I don’t know who he thinks he was fooling, he liked it. On the way home I was treated to Guns N’ Roses,November Rain. This brought back fond memories of seeing GNR in high school with my friend, Lisa. We paid a whopping $40 for tickets and it was worth every penny. And finally, Pitbull got me back home with Give Me Everything.
I think this is proof that I’m all over the place when it comes to music. I represented multiple decades, genres and tempos all in one quick trip to Target. If you are trying to imagine me singing in the car, think of Lila in The HeartbreakKid. I might look a little like that. Okay, I look exactly like that.