Monday, January 21, 2013

Freedom ... Are you Sirius?

What began as a crappy week (due to the collapse of our septic system,) resulted in a sweet savory delight to my soul.
Not only was the demise of our septic a problem, but my vehicle was behaving much like a Lucille Ball episode...where she plugs a hole in a boat only to find another one blows.

After purchasing a new car, I found that it also included a free trial of Sirius XM Satellite radio. As you might imagine, this scenario is similar to putting a drug addict into a home sculpted from hemp or cocaine (or in Southern Indiana, sudafed & battery acid.)

Commentary: I believe the radio industry is heading in a sad & dangerous direction which threatens the future of mom & pop stations (are there any left?); local news, weather, those exciting high school games & that occasional annoying jingle for the local pizza shack is still endearing & could potentially become extinct. The corporate radio gobble is quickly making it a challenge for stations to survive; but this activity is duplicated in almost every field of trade in our country. 
I have to admit that I am a serious music addict, which has become, well...sirius.  I won't give up on local stations, however, it's difficult for them to see outside their "music box."

Sirius XM radio supplies a classic vinyl station, which transmits those foreign crackle sounds, an Elvis station, Bruce Springsteen station, terrific songs played which I haven't heard for years, or dare I say...ever.... The Ramones, Pearl Jam, Janis Joplin, Tom T. Hall and more.

For instance, I probably wouldn't normally have stumbled upon this song if it weren't for Sirius; the song is from Quentin Tarantino's latest movie "Django Unchained" (which I haven't seen)--and I think you'll enjoy it.  The song is titled "Freedom" and it's performed by soul artists Anthony Hamilton & Elayna Boynton & it raises some serious hairs on the back of your neck. I think it's a fitting song to remember Martin Luther King, Jr. on this day as well.

Enjoy "Freedom" by Anthony Hamilton & Elayna Boynton:

I read a quote by Mr. Hamilton's from
“Me, Elayna and Kelvin got to thinking about Django’s story — how sometimes we have to be willing to put it all on the line,” says Hamilton, just nominated for two Grammy Awards (best R&B album and R&B song) for work off his Back to Love album. “And Freedom was born from that place. A place deep inside all of us, that fights to free ourselves from the chains of the world.”

Siriusly, this new radio took my mind off the conversations about natural bio-waste, bacteria and micro-organisms...which are topics a girl should never have to hear about in her very own home.

I'm always slow on the latest & greatest technology. So if you have any hints that would enhance this listening experience -- please share!  For instance, is there a station for the Foo Fighters & Beatles only ?  Now THAT would be the bomb diggity.

Peace, Love & Rock & Roll,

Lanea Stagg

1 comment:

Jenn V. said...

I swore I would never pay to listen to the radio in my car. So good.

But, my father has Sirius in his car and I absolutely love the 50's station. Then my brother gave us a subscription to Sirius, so we now have it in one of our cars. My favorite stations are the 40's and 50's music stations. I don't think there is a Beatles station...yet!

As much as I love the stations listed above, I'm not opposed to turning it off and turning on regular radio for all the reasons you mentioned, but especially for the feeling of staying in touch with the real world.

Thanks for the article.