Basically, we listen to one of three radio stations in my car -
- NPR. Which Jude finds painfully boring, so I mostly only listen to it when I'm alone.
- 100.3 The Sound. "Album Rock. True Variety". Rock and Roll from the '60s to the '90s. Deep cuts. Tons of music in their rotation. LOVE this station. Jude calls this the "old music station".
- 102.7 KIIS-FM. Top 40. Ryan Seacrest. We started listening to this about a year ago when I realized that Jude couldn't tell you a single Maroon 5 song. I decided I was doing the kid a disservice. Jude call this the "new music station".
Gretchen and Jude are driving in the car. Gretchen drives. Jude rides in the backseat. The radio is tuned into the "old music station".
Can you turn it to the new music station?
(reaching forward and punching the button)
They drive on. LMFAO's Sexy and I Know It comes on the radio.
Why does this station play the same music over and over?
Well, it's a Top 40 kind of station. They just play the top
most popular songs.
Eminem/Rihanna's Love the Way You Lie comes on.
Is this Eminem?
I can tell because they bleep out all the words.
He is very inappropriate.
Yes, he loves his profanity.
Why are all of his songs like this. Like...he just talks and then
some lady sings the singing part?
Well...he's a rapper. So he, you know, raps.
So he doesn't sing at all?!
Uh...no I don't think so. Just raps.
Rap is kind of like poetry I guess.
Yeah. It's talking poetry in time with the music.
Is this rap a new kind of thing?
Well, not really. It's been around since the 1980's.
(shaking his head in disbelief)
They ride on. David Guetta's Sexy Chick comes on.
Why is all the music on this station so...futuristic?
Well...I guess that most of the music part is done
electronically. Instead of playing instruments,
it's all played on a keyboard. And they...
(vamping because she doesn't really know)
...sample music on the computer. And they use
electronics to make their voices sound different ways.
You mean, the singers aren't really playing the instruments?!
Well, some of them do. But like in this song, that's not a drummer
playing the drums, it's a drum machine on the computer.
That is just LAME! Ringo played the real drums!
The Beatles played ALL of their instruments!!
And the Rolling Stones! And Bob Dylan! They really played
the instruments! And they sang the songs! They didn't talk them!
Yeah, they did.
Turn it back to the old music station.
I can't listen to any more of this!
Gretchen turns the radio back to 100.3. The Rolling Stone comes on. They are playing their own instruments and singing the music. All is right with the world.
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